Rapeseed Oil Is a Valuable Source of Healthy Fats—Here's What to Know Before Cooking With It
Rapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of the rape plant, a flowering plant that belongs to the Brassica family that includes produce favorites such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
"Traditional rapeseed oil, once grown primarily for industrial purposes with levels of erucic acid greater than 45 percent, was eventually bred to an edible oil with less than 2 percent erucic acid. Canadians and Americans called this new oil canola oil," explains Laura Cipullo, RD, founder of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition and Yoga.
According to Cipullo, rapeseed oil is considered a close second to olive oil by many, especially when it comes to its benefits related to heart health. "In a study investigating nonalcoholic fatty liver, both canola and olive oils decreased triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, and reduced the significance of the fatty liver," she says.
Read on to discover more health benefits of rapeseed oil, including how to choose the best oil based on your dietary and cooking needs.
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