24 Feb Heart Superhero #2: Canola
Heart Super Powers
Grown in most provinces in Canada, this stealthy, healthy oil has one of the best blend of fats for good health.
While the Mediterranean diet embraces olive oil, we can proudly embrace heart healthy Canadian canola oil. Canola is also high in monounsaturated fats, which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. Olive oil is made up of 71 per cent monounsaturated fat, while canola has 62 per cent (1). Canola also has the lowest amount of saturated fat compared to most fats and oils (7 per cent, compared to 14 per cent in olive oil).
Also of interest, canola oil is the cooking oil highest in plant omega-3 fats, which helps to protect against heart attacks and strokes. Canola’s neutral flavour and tolerance for high heat, makes this oil the perfect choice for making salad dressings, sauces and stir-frys. Canola is grown in virtually every province in Canada.
In case you’re wondering, I still have olive oil and sesame oil in my pantry. But when it comes to choosing a vegetable oil, my reco is canola.
[Disclosure: Canola Eat Well is a client. I only choose to work with clients whose products I use and support. The Heart Squad 7 idea is thrive360’s and opinions are 100% mine.]
(Canola crest artwork by Jaqueline Schaller.)
Hero in Action
Enjoy this delicious West Coast Power Bowl.
And, here is a must-try recipe from a couple of my fave dietitians, Dara & Erin from How to Eat:
And…don’t forget to enter the Heart Squad 7 contest (open to Canadian residents, except Quebec) – end on Feb 28, 2017.
Do you cook with canola?