Canola Oil .
My wife objects every time I use canola (rapeseed) oil (always in moderate amounts) in food preparation. I checked the Internet, but I can’t get a definitive answer; some experts praise it, while others condemn it. Can you help us to resolve this family dispute? Is canola oil unhealthful? Y.F., Beit Shemesh
Health Ministry spokesman Eyal Basson, after consulting with experts, replies:
The use of canola oil has been approved and recommended by leading health organizations all around the world and in Israel, as it is rich in monounsaturated fats, some of them vital for health. The oil is produced from rapeseed (whose name is not pleasant, but it is perfectly fine). Anyone can consume it together with other beneficial oils such as olive oil as part of a healthful and balanced diet.