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How to Use Canola Oil? Here are the Top Benefits and Risks

Canola oil is a genetically modified oil that is low in unsaturated fats

It is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other oil except flaxseed

It has various benefits for your health and hair, but beware of its cons too

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Bajaj Finserv Health
December 13th, 2021
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Canola oil is present in various foods and other products. Canola oil, made from crushed canola seeds, is a vegetable-based oil. Created from plant crossbreeding, canola is an edible version of a rapeseed plant. Its crops are genetically modified to improve the oil’s quality and tolerance to herbicides. As it is highly refined, people have concerns about whether it poses a risk of health disease.

Canola oil uses are many. From food manufacturing to household cooking, it can be used in various ways. Food manufacturers use canola oil to produce different types of salad dressings. They also produce salad oil with it, which can then be used as a cooking oil. As a household staple, you can utilize this oil in the following ways.

  • Sauté, stir-fry, grill, bake
  • Make sauces, marinades, dressings
  • Substitute solid fats like butter

Read on to better understand canola oil benefits and its potential risk of health disease.

Additional read: 6 Crucial Nutrition Concepts That Form a Key Part of a Healthy Diet

Canola Oil Benefits for Health

Canola oil is very high in unsaturated fats. Its content of omega 3 fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is higher than other oil except for flaxseed. This is one of its main benefits as ALA is not produced by your body. ALA is important because it has strong antioxidant properties which help

  • Maintain healthy nerve function
  • Slow down memory loss disorder progression
  • Lower the risk factors of heart disease

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Canola Oil Benefits for Hair and Skin

Canola oil benefits for hair and skin are explained by its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties. The presence of vitamins E, C and K in it also help. With it, you can

  • Delay skin aging
  • Prevent acne
  • Improve the skin texture
  • Prevent skin infections
  • Moisturize skin and scalp
  • Reduce hair fall, split ends, and dandruff
  • Promote hair growth

Why Is Canola Oil Harmful for Your Health?

  • It is made by genetic modification

Canola is genetically modified to increase its tolerance towards pests and herbicides. Despite being termed safe for consumption, there are concerns about its potential harm. People avoid using GMO food because there aren’t enough results on the impact it has on one’s health.

  • It is a highly refined oil

This oil extraction requires the use of chemicals, high heat, bleaching, and deodorizing. The extensive refining process causes the oil to lose some of its natural benefits like:

  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty acids
  • It has a high number of omega 6 fats

While omega 6 fat is essential for your body, having it in excess has a number of side effects. The ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids in this oil is estimated to be 15:1 as opposed to the average healthy ratio of 1:1. This imbalance can result in

  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Blood clots leading to heart attack or stroke
  • Excess water in your body

Additional read: Which is the Best Cooking Oil? Here are 7 Healthy Options for Weight Loss!

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How Does Canola Oil Impact Your Overall Health?

  • Affects your memory

There has been some research that shows a canola-rich diet may have a negative impact on memory [1].

  • Increases inflammation and oxidative stress

Animal studies have linked increased inflammation and oxidative stress to canola oil [2].

  • Has an impact on heart health

There have been studies that contradict the belief that this oil is a heart-healthy fat [3]. However, there needs to be more research to determine the exact impact of canola oil on heart health.

Despite these studies, there have been no conclusive findings on whether canola oil is good for your health or not. Some studies suggest that it is beneficial while others say that it poses a risk of health disease. Until conclusive studies are brought forward, you may want to be on the safe side and use an oil that has been proven healthy.

Another way of staying on top of your health is by going for regular checkups or contacting a doctor to discuss the use of specific cooking oils. You can get your regular checkups done with affordable test packages on Bajaj Finserv Health. When you need an in-person or online doctor consultation, just log in to your Bajaj Finserv Health account and book an appointment in minutes!

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