Canola is the marketing name for oil that is obtained from rapeseeds. It is also known as LEAR oil, or "Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed" oil. It has the lowest level of saturated fat of any edible oil and has one of the highest levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. It also contains a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated fats that help to decrease the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. Canola oil is an excellent choice for everyday cooking or baking. It has a high smoke point (428-446ºF or 220-230ºC), which makes it useful for stir-frying and deep fat frying. Because it is mildly flavored, it can be used as a base for salad dressings, effectively blending in with other salad ingredients. It has very little taste so foods will not be overpowered with a strong flavor.
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