Great Plains Canola Association Newsletter – Page 1 Page 2

Where is Canola Grown?

Canola is grown primarily in regions of Western Canada, with some acreage being planted in Ontario and the Pacific Northwest and north central United States. Canola is also grown in other countries including Europe and Australia. Canola acreage has increased rapidly in the United States to over 1 million acres. Climate and conditions on the Great Plains provide an excellent opportunity to grow winter canola as a rotational crop with winter wheat. Acreage in the region is increasing as farmers realize that rotating canola with winter wheat can reduce weed pressures on their wheat crop and increases wheat yields in subsequent years.

Are canola and rapeseed the same thing?

No. Rapeseed is not a word that can be used in the place of canola. There are strict quality standards governing canola and products which do not meet government standards cannot use this trademarked term.

Is there a difference between canola oil and vegetable oil?

Some food products labeled “vegetable oil” may contain canola oil. “Vegetable oil” on a label allows a food manufacturer to substitute or combine oils without having to change the product label. Always read the label to insure you are purchasing canola oil.

All vegetable oils contain fat, why do I want to include fat in my diet?

Moderation is a key word when talking about fats in the diet. Fat is an important part of the diet, providing the greatest output of energy per gram of any food as well as improving flavor. When stored in the body, fat helps maintain body temperature by acting as an insulator.

How much fat is too much fat?

Federal health agencies advise that diets derive no more than 30 per cent of total calories from fat, with saturated fat comprising no more than 10 per cent of recommended fat intake.