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Corn Oil vs. Canola Oil

Since Hanukkah is coming up on Dec. 4, I thought it'd be a great idea to chat about oil. When you look on a shelf at the store, there are many kinds of oil to choose from, and I always thought that canola and corn oil were the same thing. I was way off.

Corn oil is made from the germ of corn. Canola oil is actually produced from rapeseed oil and was originally made in Canada. The word canola comes from "Canadian Oil, Low Acid." Some people think that canola oil is unhealthy because rapeseed oil contains high amounts of erucic acid, which is know to have harmful effects. Don't worry though, canola oil is now made from a new plant that is similar to the rapeseed plant, but has a much lower erucic acid content.

So how do they compare nutritionally? To see the chart

Corn oil Canola oil
Serving Size 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp
Calories 120 120
Total Fat 14g 14g
Saturated Fat 2g 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g 9g
Sodium 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Sugars 0g 0g
Protein 0g 0g

As you can see, canola oil is so great because like olive oil, it's low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat. This kind of fat is good to consume because it can actually lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain HDL (good) cholesterol. Another thing, corn oil contains more polyunsaturated fat than canola oil. This type of fat has also been shown to reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, but too much can lower your HDL (good) cholesterol.

Fit's Tips: Canola oil is a great choice when it comes to baking and sautéing, because it has a high burn point, meaning it doesn't start smoking until it reaches 238°Celsius. Just for reference, olive oil's burn point is 190°Celsius.

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Angela2713495 Angela2713495 5 years
"Canola oil is made from Rape Seed oil. Rape seed oil is very bad for you if your thyroid does not work properly or if your thyroid was removed. Soybeans, Soybean oil & Soy are also bad for hypothyroid sufferers." \u00a0 Anonymous, where did you find/hear of, this information.\u00a0 I'm very interested to learn more about it, as I've had my thyroid removed.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I've never seen it in supermarkets!!! :-( Maybe it's not exported to Europe.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
also corn oil is bad for blood type 0 while dieting. we should avaoid corn at all cost, because in people whose blood type is 0, it slows done the production of insuline.
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
In general I prefer olive oil.
kungfubunni kungfubunni 9 years
my husband and i were just discussing htis this week as we made falafel. he used canola oil instead of the corn the recipe called for.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
mtiger-I'm curious on that one too.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I always use canola.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I wonder how vegetable oil compares with canola oil?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea, I barely use canola or corn oil. I don't even think I have any in my house! If I do need some oil, it's extra virgin olive oil for me!
nikkipez nikkipez 9 years
haha same thing about what canola stands for...cant wait to bring up the random factoid when im cooking with family...hehe
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i didn't realize canola stood for something! i use canola oil when i bake & evoo for everything else.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
great imformation! thanks for informing us
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
How fascinating - I had no idea it was an acryonym-y type thing. I thought there was a canola and this was the oil it gives off. :rotfl: I do only use olive or canola oil for most cooking. Peanut oil for the occasional homemade chicken nuggets to appease the little ones.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Canola oil - who would have thought that's what it stood for
kia kia 9 years
Fascinating tidbits. I always thought Canola was healthier because of the monosaturated fat but I never heard about the rapeseed past, what CANOLA stood for, or realized the omega-3 content.
nancita nancita 9 years
Wow, who knew Canola was short for "Canadian Oil, Low Acid"? That's hilarious. Supermarket trivia, here I come.
ley ley 9 years
we actually used corn oil before but now we sort of switched to coconut oil, which is a gazillion times better
ladyliz ladyliz 9 years
Canola is my second choice after olive oil. I always have those in my pantry along with cooking spray.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
Canola oil is also higher in omega 3s. Plus personally, I think corn oil gives everything this weird tortilla chip kinda flavor.
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