Is Canola Oil Healthy? - Benefits and Dangers of cooking with Canola Oil

Fish is the only food that directly supplies substantial amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. But you can get them indirectly from vegetable oils rich in another omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid, which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil contains the most alpha-linolenic acid; canola, olive, soybean, and walnut oil contain moderate amounts. Researchers aren't certain how much alpha-linolenic gets converted, but it's almost surely less than 15 percent, probably much less.

Nevertheless, several population studies suggest that people whose diet supplies a lot of alpha-linolenic acid may suffer fewer fatal heart attacks than others. So far, researchers have not clearly deter­ mined whether alpha-linolenic supplementation can reduce coro­nary risk. Based on the available evidence, the American Heart Association advises everyone not only to con­sume fish or fish oil regularly, depending on their coronary risk, but also to prepare meals using oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid.


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