What Are Healthy Oils?

Rapeseed Oil Benefits is a not-for-profit campaign to tell you everything about rapeseed oil, including delicious recipe ideas and nutritional information

Is there such a thing as healthy oils?

One of the driving forces behind rapeseed oil’s popularity is its nutritional benefits. Most people are aware of olive oil’s healthy credentials as it’s the backbone of the Mediterranean diet. But many people are unaware of the nutritional benefits of rapeseed oil.

Rapeseed oil not only contains plant sterols and is a rich source of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, but it most famously has a beneficial fat profile:

  • It contains less saturated fat than all other commonly used cooking oils and fats e.g. 50% less than olive oil. UK diet and nutrition surveys estimate that as a nation we’re eating too much saturated fat so we need to look for ways to cut down.
  • It’s high in unsaturated fats, particularly mono-unsaturated. As it’s mostly made up of mono-unsaturates, it’s classed as a mono-unsaturated fat. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats such as rapeseed oil in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Understand more about healthy oils, fats and cholesterol See the nutritional composition of rapeseed oil

Comparison of the fat content of selected cooking oils and butter