canola oil

Posted on: Sat, 09/01/2001 - 3:29pm
Concerned about Allergy's picture
Joined: 01/28/2001 - 09:00

Since my daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy i have only purchased %100 corn oil. Today by accident i bought canola oil. Up until this point i never really thought about other types of oil..Is canola oil safe or shall i return it immediately?

Posted on: Sat, 09/01/2001 - 10:51pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Personally, I only use three types of oil: corn, canola, or olive and am brand loyal. My son is PA and hasn't had any problems with these three.

Posted on: Sun, 09/02/2001 - 5:32am
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

Canola is an acronym for CAnadian Oil Low Acid, and is extracted from Canadian rapeseed. It isn't related to peanut.
By the way, Canola oil is a "healthier" fat than just about any other oil - one of the lowest oils in saturated fats, and contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Lowers "bad" cholesterol and helps support brain function and development.

Posted on: Sun, 09/02/2001 - 10:07am
jayD's picture
Joined: 09/20/2000 - 09:00

My son (allergic to peanut,dairy,wheat and some fruits) has also had no problem with canola....he eats Fleischmans light margerine on a regular basis which is made from canola. We typically use olive oil in our house . Interesting, on a different allergy board someone just posted a long thing about how canola is the WORST oil, that rapeseed is supposedly too toxic that even wild birds and animals won't eat it! I worked in the pet industry for many years, and rapeseed is in alot of seed mixes that as far as I could see, was eaten wholeheartedly by wild and captive birds a like! I decided I will try an experiment this fall.....I will, in the interest of science and allergies, buy a big bag of rapeseed and put it out for our numerous woodland creatures and report back what happens! Jen

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2001 - 1:32am
julieb's picture
Joined: 07/21/2001 - 09:00

I used to use olive oil and then switched to canola oil when I saw the Frugal Gourmet saying how wonderful it was and how it was the best and healthiest oil. Plus, all my allergy cookbooks promoted canola oil as the oil of choice.
Then my Grandfather gave me an article about canola oil that made me double think my switch. If you enter "canola oil" for search engines as or, you can read more about this controversial oil.
Some people don't trust the refining of the rape seed, which is natuarally toxic. Others believe that canola becomes toxic when it is heated due to its omega-3 fatty acids becoming damaged.
After reading on my own, I figured that olive oil is a great choice still. We switched back to it. I use mild or virgin olive oil for salads and pasta sauces. I use extra light olive oil for baking and sauteing since it has the highest smoke point of the olive oils.
Hope this info. is useful to you. Warmly, Julie B.

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2001 - 1:41am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

For more information about canola oil, you can go to:

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2001 - 3:56am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi all
Please click on this link to read the thread in the Off Topic section on Canola Oil.
The whole "canola oil is bad for you" is a hoax which is perpetuated via e-mail, then posted by unsuspecting people to various web sites. In the other thread, there are links to sites dealing with Urban Legends such as this.
Hope this helps. The web isn't regulated, so pretty much anything can be posted - but it doesn't necessarily mean it's true. BTW, I've used Canola and Olive oil for a number of years, interchangably - they're both great, but Canola has the edge for being slightly healthier than Olive.

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2001 - 2:02pm
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I do use Canola oil. However, a few months back, when picking up a bottle of the store brand Canola oil, I happened to read the label. "May contain trace peanuts". So, it is still important to read the label on the oil that you are purchasing, especially if it is store brand. Otherwise, we've been able to use it safely.
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