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About Organic, Non-GMO, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil

Canola oil often has a bad reputation for being a cheap, highly refined, unhealthy oil.  Many of these concerns are justified, as this oil has been highly abused and refined by the food industry for the past 30 years.

This page serves to dispel prevalent myths surrounding Canola Oil, and educate consumers with the simple facts surrounding this amazing plant.

Canola Oil - Good Oil, Bad Rap

Canola History

Canola Oil was first produced in Canada in 1974 from the Canola Plant.  Canola plants are in the same family as mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, & cabbage.  Canola was first genetically modified to be tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate in Canada in 1995, and approved for US consumption in 1998.  


95% of the Canola acreage planted in the United States is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant.  Organic, non-GMO Canola is difficult to find, and usually expensive.  The prevalence of genetically modified Canola oil that saturates the market, is what consumers are exposed to, and therefore, from which consumer judgements and opinions have been made.


Organic, Non-GMO Canola Oil sits near the top of healthy consumer oils.  Many believe that First Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil is the gold standard, however, Organic, Non-GMO Canola oil actually provides superior health benefits.

  • Canola Oil is high in Monounsaturated Fat (Omega-9), which reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol).

  • Canola Oil has an extremely low 2:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids that provides a healthier balance than almost any other oil.  Click here to see why this is important.

  • Canola Oil is low in saturated fat, which is the majority root cause of atherosclerosis and heart disease.  Coronary heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US and worldwide.

  • Non-GMO Canola Oil has a high smoke point of 400 F, making it one of the best oils to use for frying.

  • Canola Oil is high in vitamins E & K which have been linked to anti-aging.

  • Canola Oil is has been shown by clinical trials to reduce inflammation in the body.

  • Almost every single research trial ever conducted on Canola Oil, was conducted with a refined, GMO variety of Canola Oil, yet these trials still show positive effects of the oil.

  • There are no known studies that compare the benefits of Organic, Non-GMO Canola Oil with refined, genetically modified Canola Oil.  However, we can assume based on the data we have, that Organic, Non-GMO Canola Oil, will be superior to refined Canola Oil.


Canola Oil is one of the healthiest oils to consume raw, and to cook with.  The studies and data speaks for itself.  This is the reason that we use only Organic, Non-GMO Project Certified Canola Oil in Red Barn Relish.

Oil Comparison Chart

Chart comparing 14 or so cooking oils for Saturated fat, omega 6 and omega 9.

Comprehensive, Unbiased Video Review of Canola Oil Studies

PubMed & other trusted resources relating to Canola Oil studies

Canola Oil VS Olive Oil - Lipid Profile

Canola Oil was more effective than Olive Oil, in reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), total cholesterol (TC), and LDL-c/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) ratio.

Canola oil cardiovascular risk factors

Canola Oil significantly improved different cardiometabolic risk factors compared to other edible oils. 

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Importance of Low Omega-6  to Omega-3 Ratios

Up until about 100 years ago, the average omega-6/3 ratio has been around 4:1 or less. However, the typical Western diet now provides a ratio of approximately 20:1 in favor of omega-6.

Data suggests this has contributed to a rise of allergic and autoimmune diseases over the last several decades. Additionally, a high dietary omega-6/3 ratio creates supraphysiologic inflammatory responses and perpetuates chronic low-grade inflammation.

Evidence of health benefits of Canola Oil

Canola oil-based diets have been shown to reduce plasma cholesterol levels in comparison with diets containing higher levels of saturated fatty acids.

Growth of infants fed formula rich in canola oil

Dispelling a myth - Infant formula containing canola oil supports normal healthy infant growth as assessed by weight and length gain.

Increase in Omega-6/3 Ratio Increases Risk of Obesity

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are not interconvertible, are metabolically and functionally distinct, and often have important opposing physiological effects, therefore their balance in the diet is important.

Dietitians weigh in on Canola Oil

We're setting the record straight about the rumors swirling around on TikTok and Instagram.

Harvard University -  Canola Oil concerns

Canola oil is a safe and healthy fat that will reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk compared to carbohydrates or saturated fats such as beef tallow or butter. 

How to Optimize Your Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio

Scientists suspect that a distorted ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may be one of the most damaging aspects of the Western diet.

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