Beat it

Beat it

Canola oil


  
   I’ve got to save my heart from fat and one way to do that is stop cooking with saturated fats that clog my arteries and replace it with healthier unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids.
   Let me get off subject for a second and discuss what happens when your heart gives out because it can’t take any more clogging, I know because I lived through it. As a former wrestler, to me, it felt exactly like a very large and very powerful man grabbed me from behind and bear-hugged me with all of his strength. I was so sure that I was being attacked from behind that I threw a punch into thin air.  Then, as suddenly as it starts, it stops. The it starts again. The third time, I went down on my knees and my neck was forced to the left until my ear touched my shoulder.  That’s what it like to have a heart attack.
   Anyway, I choose to cook with heart-healthy Canola oil, which is made from the crushed seeds of the canola plant, is among the healthiest of cooking oils. It has the lowest saturated fat content of any oil commonly consumed in the U.S., at just 7%. By comparison, sunflower oil has 12% saturated fat, corn oil has 13%, and olive oil has 15%.
Canola oil is very high in healthy unsaturated fats. It's an excellent source of the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, and it is higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other oil commonly used. These fats are particularly important in the diet because the human body can't produce them. ALA may help protect the heart by its effect on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.
There is enough evidence of canola oil's heart benefits that the FDA now allows canola oil manufacturers to label their products with this qualified health claim: "Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 1/2 tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains [x] grams of canola oil."