What is Canola? Rapeseed and The Source of Canola Oil
Looking at a bottle of canola oil, you might wonder: What is canola? Canola is a type of plant that is used to make, you guessed it, cooking oil. Canola is a specially cultivated form of the rapeseed plant. It is easy to grow in the right environment, and its seeds contain a high concentration of unsaturated oil. Normal forms of the rapeseed plant contain higher levels of erucic acid and glucosinolates, both of which are unhealthy and somewhat toxic to animals and humans. Canola is also used as a feed for certain breeds of livestock as a cheap alternative to other types of feed.
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