What Is Canola Oil?
Canola Oil, which is also known as Rapeseed Oil, is a monounsaturated fat that is derived from the rapeseed plant. However, there is a slight difference between traditional Rapeseed Oil and Canola Oil. This is as the plants that produce Canola Oil have been bred from rapeseed plants to contain less Erucic Acid which is known to cause adverse health effects.
Rapeseed oil has been popular in countries like Japan, China, and India for a significant length of time but has seen increased use in the western world.
Canola Oil has seen increasing use in human and pet food as a cheaper alternative to premium oils like Olive Oil.
Canola is often present in many processed foods for human consumption Examples include Margarine, Salad Dressings, Bread, Mayonaise, and Cooking Sprays.
Some critics say that Canola Oil is not a positive ingredient as it is highly processed and could be compared to high fructose syrup.
Canola Oil can also be controversial as many growers use Genetically Modified plants, also known as GMO. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with GMO plants, many believe they have unknown side effects.
Canola Oil Nutrition
Canola Oil’s primary nutrition is in the form of fat. Fat is vital for a number of bodily functions for dogs. In addition to these core uses, fat can also be used as a concentrated source of energy. This is especially important for dogs who are more active such as working dogs or certain breeds of dogs.
However, many will argue that the best source of fat for dogs is animal fat. Examples include Chicken Fat or Turkey Fat. This is because this closely mimics a dog’s ancestral diet and their digestive systems are designed to absorb and digest animal fat.
Canola Oil contains the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids. As regular readers of the site will know, we are firm believers in the Omega 3 Fatty Acids and the health benefits they can provide. This includes improvement of a dogs skin and cat, as well as improved brain and heart health.
While there are certainly more preferred sources of these fatty acids, such as whole fish ingredients like Mackerel and Salmon, Canola Oil is a straightforward and cost-effective solution for many dog food brands and manufacturers.
Canola Oil also surprisingly contains a selection of vitamins. Examples include Vitamin E and Vitamin K which are essential for heart, skin, and bone health.
Dog Food Brands That Use Canola Oil
Many dog food brands use Canola Oil in their products in varying quantities. Some well-known examples could be Taste of the Wild, Zignature, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Canidae, and Weruva but there are far too many to list here.
A large portion of the dog food brands that choose not to use Canola Oil, use other oils such as Sunflower Oil. It’s likely in these cases that the brand has chosen to stick with a single oil rather than a variety. It is not clear why they would select Sunflower or other oils over Canola at this time.