Canola Oil is an acronym for “Canadian Oil Low Acid”. It is made from a hybrid rapeseed and was developed in Canada in the mid-1970’s. Rapeseed oil is popular in Europe and still goes by that name, but the Canadian seed oil industry changed the name to make it more saleable in North America. In Canada it is also known as Lear Oil or “Low Euric Acid Rapeseed”. Rapeseed is related to the mustard, turnip, and rutabaga family.
Canola Oil is a neutral oil, has one of the lowest percentages of saturated fat, and contains a high level of monounsaturated fat. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids. The health benefits and the fact that it has a very high smoke-point (400 degrees Fahrenheit) make it very popular for everyday use.