Olive oil comes from olives. Sesame seed oil comes from sesame seeds. But what is canola oil? Canola is actually a made up word for a genetically modified product derived originally from Canada.
Canola stands for 'Canadian oil low acid.' It is a Canadian invention and subsidized by the government. The subsidies make it very cheap to use, so almost all processed or packaged foods contain canola oil. Be sure to read the ingredients. Here is why!
THE SCOOP ON CANOLA
Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candies, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants) It is an industrial oil....not a food!
Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas, and on its own, it causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability and blindness. But through the beauty of genetic modification, we now sell it as edible oil.
It has been marketed as wonder oil that is low in saturated fats with a beneficial omega-3 fatty acid profile. It is recognized by the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association based on the belief that the absence of saturated fats alone makes it healthy.
Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen