According to the World's Healthiest Foods organization, canola oil is sometimes hydrogenated in order to increase its stability, but both hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated canola oils are readily available for purchase. The best way to be sure if a bottle of canola oil is hydrogenated is to check its ingredient list.
The World's Healthiest Foods' website claims that non-hydrogenated canola oil is very healthy for the body because of its naturally low levels of trans fats. It claims that the level of trans fats is so low, many canola oils are classified as "trans fat free" on their labeling. The hydrogenation process increases the amount of trans fats in the oil, so it is thereby less healthy.Learn More
Canola oil was developed by Canadian plant breeders in 1974. It is derived from modified cultivars of rapeseed that exclude the anti-nutritional components of the original plant. By international standards, any oil labeled as canola must contain no more than 2 percent erucic acid and 30 micromoles of glucosinolates.Full Answer >
Hydrogenated oil is developed when hydrogen molecules are added to highly unsaturated oils, such as vegetable oils. During this process, called hydrogenation, partially hydrogenated oil is formed containing trans fats, which must be listed on a product's ingredients list.Full Answer >
Canola oil contains less saturated fat than other cooking oils frequently used in the United States and is considered to be heart-healthy, according to WebMD. An omega-3 fatty acid found in canola oil called alpha-linolenic acid is believed to protect the heart and reduce the risk of heart disease.Full Answer >
Hydrogenated oils are important for cooking and as an ingredient in many products. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a type of fat known as a trans fat and should be avoided in a diet. Trans fats have been heated and can be toxic to the body.Full Answer >