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How does canola oil benefit the heart?

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Canola oil is very high in unsaturated fats, which are healthier than the saturated kind. It's higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other oil except flaxseed oil. ALA is particularly important to have in your diet because your body can't make it. Studies show that ALA may help protect the heart through its effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.

From: Canola Oil Cooking Benefits WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Heart Disease Facts and Statistics," "Heart Disease Prevention: What You Can Do."

Johnson, G. , October 2007. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Canola Oil: Good for Every Body!"

American Heart Association: "Healthy vegetable oils associated with reduced heart attack risk, lower blood pressure."

WebMD Health News: "Omega-3 Fatty Acid Slows Alzheimer's."

U.S. Canola Association: "Top 10 Myths About Canola."

FDA: "Summary of Qualified Health Claims Subject to Enforcement Discretion."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on April 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Heart Disease Facts and Statistics," "Heart Disease Prevention: What You Can Do."

Johnson, G. , October 2007. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Canola Oil: Good for Every Body!"

American Heart Association: "Healthy vegetable oils associated with reduced heart attack risk, lower blood pressure."

WebMD Health News: "Omega-3 Fatty Acid Slows Alzheimer's."

U.S. Canola Association: "Top 10 Myths About Canola."

FDA: "Summary of Qualified Health Claims Subject to Enforcement Discretion."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on April 23, 2018

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