Is rapeseed oil bad for you?

Rapeseed oil is safe to eat.

There’s some myths and negative info on the web about rapeseed (canola) oil, however, in the EU, food safety is controlled and regulated to protect you from health risk.

Does rapeseed oil contain toxic erucic acid or glucosinolates?

During the 1970s and 1980s the levels of erucic acid and glucosinolates in oils were reduced all over the world using plant breeding techniques – and remain strictly controlled and regulated for food safety today.

Erucic acid is naturally found in some oils. Findings from animal and laboratory studies suggest that regular consumption of high levels of erucic acid may be a risk to heart health. Evidence from human studies is less clear but suggests that this fatty acid is less of a concern in humans. Nevertheless, it was still considered undesirable to produce an oil containing too much. Glucosinolates are natural components found in some plants that can be toxic and unpalatable in high concentrations.

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