Health Benefits

Health Benefits

Health and Nutrition

The message for consumers about their diet has not changed much in the last decade:  eat less fat.  As millions of people in the United States struggle with being overweight, obesity and diabetes, healthy food ingredients are a primary concern.

Recently we have learned that it’s not just about fat – but the type of fat in your diet is also important.  Canola oil has the best blend of fats for good health.

Your body needs some fat to provide energy and help you absorb fat-soluble vitamins.  Certain fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 are essential for good nutrition.  Check out the Dietary Fat Chart to compare common culinary oils – canola oil provides more of the healthier fats than any other popular vegetable oil.

Comparison of Dietary Fats


Health Claim

Canola Oil Health Claim
Consumers can take canola oil's new health claim to heart; FDA rules canola oil may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

October 6, 2006: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that canola oil is now eligible to bear a qualified health claim on its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content. Canola Council of Canada president Barb Isman says the FDA's stamp of approval is proof positive that canola oil's unsaturated fats are really "Good for Every Body"!
"The FDA puts all health claim petitions through rigourous scientific review," Isman says.
Here's what the FDA approved for display on containers of canola oil and eligible products* sold in the U.S.:

"Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about one and a half 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."