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How Seed Becomes Oil • Why Canola?

Why Canola?


Innovative plant breeding by Dow AgroSciences developed Omega-9 Canola Oil to replace the functionality of hydrogenation and its associated, unhealthy trans fats. It is now a leading solution — delivering on demand for healthier ingredients without compromising food taste, oil functionality or performance.

Conventional canola oil is already recognized for having zero trans fats and one of the lowest levels of saturated fats. With the development of Omega-9 Canola Oil, it also has uniquely high heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which research has shown can positively impact cholesterol levels, reduce cardiovascular disease and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Canola oil is versatile and used in a variety of applications from cooking oil and sprays to salad dressings, margarines and shortenings, as well as baking, sandwich spreads, coffee creamers and deep frying.


Canola is a widely adapted crop, popular among farmers in Western Canada and the Northern United States primarily because it is profitable and a good rotational crop for cereal grains. Canola acres in North America are at an all-time high of nearly 22 million acres. The plants are recognizable by their small yellow flowers, but are valued for the oil-rich seeds they produce. Each canola seed is about 44% oil — among the highest of the oilseed crops.

The use of canola is also rapidly growing in the North American food industry. Canola is now the second-most widely used oil in the United States. In response to this increasing demand, Omega-9 Canola Oil volume has doubled to total more than 1 billion pounds annually. Since 2008, more than $1 billion has been invested to support the increase in North American canola processing capacity, and further expansion is underway.

This growth helps to ensure a consistent supply and competitive pricing for Omega-9 Canola Oil. Dow AgroSciences partners with five of the leading oilseed processors, representing 80% of the total North American canola production, to help restaurants and food manufacturers integrate Omega-9 Canola Oil.

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