Originally Posted by Steve Kroll
Canola is Rapeseed oil. Rape (from the Latin "Rapa") is a type of turnip. The phrase "Canola" was invented in Canada, not the oil itself.
According to the website Canolainfo.org ....Canola Oil and the "Canola Plant"
were invented (grown) in Canada. The Rapeseed plant you are referring to,
and the "Canola Plant" are not the same. The Rapeseed plant was bred to
have a lower amount of acid that was considered safe for humans to
consume. This plant is considered to be different than the Rapeseed plant,
and is called the Canola Plant.
Granted, this website could post false information, but from my research
it appears to be correct. The link is below.
CanolaInfo | What is Canola Oil?
The breeding of the Canola plant from the Rapeseed plant may be safe
for humans...I am not 100% convinced of this...but that is my personal
What made me decide not to use Canola Oil was when I found out that
the Monsanto Corporation had genetically modified the seed and patented
it. This gave me concern as I am not yet convinced that it is a good idea
for people to consume genetically modified foods, as these foods are not
natural. Plus there is some real concerns about the long term impact on
our environment from the planting of these crops. Below is a link to a
Google search that lists many websites that discuss this at great length.
genetically modified foods and the environmet - Google Search