Many of you have noticed that we use a kind of oil that may be unfamiliar in some of our recipes.  We thought we’d write a post to help you understand canola oil and why we use it.

What is canola oil?

Canola oil is made from rapeseed.  Its name actually is a brand name that comes from the words: Canadian oil, low acid.  The low acid we’re talking about here is erucic  acid, a fatty acid.

What are the health benefits of canola oil?

Canola oil is low in saturated fat (the ‘bad’ kind of fat), and high in monounsaturated fat (the ‘good’ kind of fat).  In fact, Jack Norris recommends canola oil, olive oil, and some other oils as a source for daily Omega 3 intake [read the details].  You can read more about fatty acids and why we need them here. You may also be interested in this comparison chart of different oils and their fat content.

Why use canola oil in baking?

Canola oil is an excellent oil to bake with because it is high in monounsaturated fat and because it has a very mild taste.  While olive oil also is high in monounsaturated  fat and low in saturated fat, it has a very distinctive flavor that would not make your cookies and cakes taste so great.

Can we find canola oil in Egypt?

Yes, you can!!! We have found several brand names in both small and large sizes.  The best place to find it consistently is Royal House, but we have also found it at Oscar and sometimes at Metro.  All the varieties we have found are imported, unfortunately, so you may find yourself paying a bit more than you’d like.  We always try to remember that it’s better to pay now for healthy foods than later for medicines and treatments!

Alf Hana and Healthy Cooking!!!


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