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A favourite among chefs and home cooks alike, canola oil has a pleasing earthy taste, tolerance to heat and heart-health benefits.
• Canola oil is lower in saturated fat than any other oil but abundant in monounsaturated fatty acids. The latter have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart disease.
• The oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 that also may help lower the risk of heart disease, plus linoleic acid, an omega-6 that helps promote brain health.
• With its substantial amount of vitamin E, canola oil can help protect cells from free-radical damage.
• Opt for canola oil that has been cold-pressed, meaning it was extracted from canola seeds using a press in a heat-controlled environment. This method preserves flavour and nutrients for the highest quality.
SHOPPING CART MUST-HAVES
Add one of these Canadian cold-pressed canola oils to your shopping cart next time you hit up the grocery store.
Canfarm Foods Northern Lights Cold-Pressed Virgin Canola Oil, $10, xvcanolaoil.com. Maison Orphée Unrefined Canola Oil, $7, maisonorphee.com. Highwood Crossing foods Organic Cold-Pressed Canola Oil, $11, highwoodcrossing.com.
ADD IT TO YOUR DIET
Try this liquid gold whisked into a vinaigrette or served as a dipper for crusty bread.