6 Reasons to Steer Clear of Canola Oil | The Healthy Home Economist
While popular for industrial use, rapeseed as food was severely limited by certain potent anti-nutrients it contained, such as erucic acid. Two-thirds of the omega-9 (monounsaturated) fats in rapeseed oil is erucic acid. Studies of this fat in the diet indicate problems. One study of Chinese children consuming rapeseed oil indicated an association with Keshan’s disease, which causes fibrotic lesions on the heart (2). Other studies of animals indicated the cardiotoxicity, renal toxicity or hematological toxicity of erucic acid as well (3, 4).