Rapeseed oil – growing in popularity

If you want a healthier cooking oil that tastes great and is really versatile, then make the switch to rapeseed oil. Many people are doing just that, and chefs and foodies are enjoying the culinary and health benefits it offers.

What is rapeseed oil?

Rapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of rapeseed plants, from the same brassica family as the health enhancing vegetables broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Along with linseed, these are the only oils grown and bottled in the UK.

Different types – what to look out for when shopping for rapeseed oil

There are two types available: standard rapeseed oil, which is often labelled vegetable oil (so make sure to check the labels) and cold-pressed rapeseed oil, which is sometimes labelled premium, virgin or extra-virgin.

Health benefits – why rapeseed oil is a good choice

The oil is celebrated for its health benefits as it has less unhealthy saturated fat than all other cooking oils and fats. It is also high in mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats omega 3, 6 and 9, so can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels as part of a healthy balanced diet – beneficial for heart health. And it is a rich source of vitamin E.

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Cooking benefits – rapeseed oil can be used at high temperatures

The oil is not just a nutritional star, but a culinary star too, as you can cook with it at high temperatures without it smoking or burning, so it can be used for roasting and frying. It’s great used cold as well, for salad dressings, sauces and marinades, or for drizzling over pasta and pizza or for simply combining with balsamic vinegar for a delicious dip.

Flavour – rapeseed oil is light and delicate

Rapeseed oil has an incredibly light and delicate flavour so you get the best from the flavours of other ingredients in your dishes. And as different vineyards and different years produce different wines, flavours also vary greatly across different rapeseed oils.

Baking – rapeseed oil is a great substitute for butter

Rapeseed oil can be used instead of butter and other fats in a host of sweet and savoury dishes from cakes and biscuits to soups and casseroles. Try rapeseed oil in a carrot cake and the saturated fat can be reduced by up to 60%, making it a healthier alternative of a family favourite.

RapeseedOilBenefits.com – get recipes, ideas and more

If you haven’t tried rapeseed oil yet then give it a go! For more information and a whole host of tasty, easy and healthy recipes and ideas visit RapeseedOilBenefits.com where you can also get a recipe booklet at no cost (while stocks last!).


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  • Daniel

    Rapeseed oil is basically posion.

  • Robin Hood

    Canola is extracted from genetically modified rapeseed and is grown in Canada, there are no GMO crops in the UK.

    All oils are refined unless they are from the first or second cold press. Olive oil is refined, virgin olive oil is the second press, extra virgin olive oil is the first press, it’s exactly the same with rapeseed oil.

  • allan

    Nothing wrong with GMO. Opposition is from mad anti-science fringe. Plants have been genetically modified for millennia. Radiation has been used to genetically modify plants for 80 years.

  • Paul

    Hi, everyone. Not a lot of posts on here, so not holding my breath for a reply.

    However, there’s a lot of info on here, none backed up by anything other than opinions. I’m still struggling to find any legit scientific info regarding the use of processed veg oils; either Chemically extracted or Mechanically.

    I grow more and more concerned about every single thing I buy and consume. For me, shopping is a scary thing. So much mis-information in the name of profit.

    We buy Aldi Cold Pressed British Rapeseed Oil. However I recently read about how Rapeseed was once considered highly toxic to humans because of high levels of Erucic Acid.

    Can anyone comment on this with certainty and proof?

  • bob .

    Rapeseed oils smells of fish when heated

  • geodesic

    Several references to saturated fat being bad for you in this article – outdated nonsence. Stick to butter and extra virgin olive oil.