Lately I’ve seen a lot of hating on Canola oil, particularly on paleo-friendly sites. I gotta tell you though, I’m not convinced. Most of the criticisms are either vague (“high heat processing”), or dripping with Monsanto hate. Supposedly reputable mainstream websites say Canola is the cat’s pajamas, but then again, the paleo philosophy and the broader reduced carb outlook go against a lot of mainstream thinking, so I’m completely open to the idea that mainstream thought on Canola is dead wrong.
So morons, I put it to you – tell me why I shouldn’t use Canola without referring to (1) genetic modification, as I couldn’t care less, or (2) general complaints about Canola being heavily processed. Is there some verifiable harm that comes from the processing? If the processing changes the fatty acid profile, link me something solid. Or is there some other essential evil in Canola?
Relatedly, if Canola is bad, what’s the alternative? Olive oil can’t be used for all applications, and something more exotic like macadamia oil isn’t readily available. Looking for relatively high smoke point and, decent fat profile, mild flavor, and broad availability.