Can you use canola oil to fry

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you use canola oil to fry?” We will also discuss why canola oil is a good oil for frying, what other oils you can consider to use for frying,  as well as the health benefits of canola oil.

Can you use canola oil to fry?

Yes, you can use canola oil to fry. Canola oil is one of the healthiest options of vegetable oil we have on the market, and several health benefits have been associated with its consumption (we will discuss them in the article). 

 Canola oil has a very mild taste, or it could be tasteless, so it will not add any odd flavor to your fried foods. 

Canola oil is known for being the oil with the lowest content of saturated fats, and also its smoke point allows it to be used as an excellent and healthy option to fry. 

Make sure you keep reading to find interesting inquiries related to the subject at hand, like what is the smoke point and what other oils are recommended for frying?

Why is canola oil ideal for frying?

Canola oil is ideal for frying because it has a high smoke point, it could be around 220 °C or above. So it is ideal for cooking at very high temperatures like deep-fry (2).

The term smoke point refers to the burning point of a certain oil, at this point the oil will stop glistening and will burn instead. When oil is burned, the triacylglycerols of the oil will break down and the components will go through chemical reactions (3).

After the triacylglycerols  break down, their components (glycerol and fatty acids) will be chemically converted into acrolein, alkanals, alkenals, and other chemical components with potentially harmful effects on your kidney and liver (3).

If oils with low smoke points are used to fry, you will end up with burnt food or you can even get sick. When burned, oil tends to break down and releases all of its compounds which can cause severe health damage (3).

How do canola oil compare to other oils for frying?

Canola oil is one of the best oils for frying due to its high smoke point (220-236 °C); there are other comparable oils in terms of heat stability, but it is also important that the oil will not alter the dish flavor (2).

Let’s check which oils are comparable with canola oil (2): 

  • Grapeseed oil (smoke point = 268 °C).
  • Sunflower oil (smoke point = 254 °C).
  • Peanut oil (smoke point = 226 °C).
  • Soybean oil (smoke point = 256 °C).

Note that the appropriate temperature for frying ranges from 176 to 190 °C. All of the previously listed oils exhibit higher smoke points, which makes them perfect to fry your food without any risk.

The worst type of oils to fry are the ones with a low smoke point, such as (2):

  • Extra virgin olive oil (smoke point = 175-206 °C).
  • Avocado oil (smoke point = 196 °C).
  • Unrefined oils.

What is the nutritional value of Canola Oil?

According to the USDA FoodData Central (4), the nutritional value of canola oil (1 tbsp of 15 g) is:

15 g of canola oil
Energy124 calories
Fat14 g
Saturated fats1.03 g
Monounsaturated fats8.86 g
Polyunsaturated fats3.36 g
Tocopherols2.45 mg

Canola oil contains different antioxidants such as tocopherols (analog of vitamin E), carotenoids, phytosterols, and polyphenols which could provide health benefits like reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer (5).

Unfortunately, most canola oils are refined because they have undesired components such as waxes, phospholipids, and chlorophylls which reduce the shelf-life of canola oil. Therefore, refining is the process applied to remove those components (5).

The bad side of refining is that this process also removes or degrades a major part of the antioxidants, because antioxidants are very sensitive to environmental factors like light, heat, pH, or moisture (3,5).

What are the health benefits of Canola Oil?

Despite refining affecting the bioactive compounds of canola oil, its content of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids can exert health benefits for you. Let’s list a few of them (6,7,8):

  • It could reduce the cholesterol in your body between 6.7 and 20 %. This will help you to reduce the risk of getting cardiovascular disease and promote a healthy diet while taking care of your heart.
  • It can reduce your levels of low-density-lipoproteins by approximately 12 – 19 %. Reducing low-density-lipoproteins is related to a lower risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases
  • Prevents inflammation. Thanks to its content of healthy unsaturated fats, canola oil can help your body to prevent inflammatory responses.
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in Canola oil can act as neuroprotectors, preventing neurological degeneration by aging.
  • Weight control. As it has more unsaturated fats, it can be the best option if you are looking to lose some extra pounds.

What other uses does canola oil have?

There are plenty uses of canola oil; however the main use of canola oil in food is found in the kitchen, it can be used in different dishes and cooking methods, some of which are (1):

  • Salad dressings. Canola oil can be poured into your favorite salad, you will love the result!
  • Frying. This technique allows us to prepare delicious dishes, but the price is a high intake of fat. This is why we should carefully pick the best oil to do so.
  • Sautéing, grilling, and baking. All of these methods also use a little bit of canola oil.
  • Substitute for butter. In some recipes you can substitute butter or margarine with some canola oil, you will not even notice it!

If you want to know how to use canola oil for making delicious vinaigrette, please visit this article

Not only canola oil is used in the gastronomic field, but also other industries, like the cosmetic industry. Manu lubricants, soaps, and cosmetics are made of canola oil. Lately, it has also been proven as a renewable fuel. 

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In this brief guide, we addressed the query, “can you use canola oil to fry?” We also discussed why canola oil is a good oil for frying, what others the best oils you can consider to use for frying, and how to fry with the best technique. as well as the health benefits of canola oil.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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