There is no oil more controversial, and misunderstood, than canola oil. After a lot of research into the nutrition of all plant oils, we chose canola oil for our pet meal recipes because it has the best possible polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the right ratio for your dogs and cats nutritional needs. Our research also revealed that the most widely practiced form of extracting this oil from the rapeseed plant is a chemical process, which we wanted to avoid, so we researched the manufacturing process more and discovered that choosing a non-gmo canola oil was exactly what we needed to check-mark all our healthy boxes!
Here are some interesting facts about canola oil:
- it is one of the healthiest edible oils in the world with high levels of the important Omega-6 lineolic acid (LA) and Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) fatty acids
- it comes from a specifically bred variety of rapeseed, which is part of the mustard family along with kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts
- non-gmo canola oil is naturally produced by mechanically squeezing (pressing) the oil from the seed using an expeller-press process (Tom&Sawyer only uses this non-gmo canola oil!)
- traditional canola processing plants use a chemical process, which involves hexane solvent extraction to remove oil from the seed (Tom&Sawyer does not use this type of canola oil!)
- the oil was developed in Canada and its name actually stands for Canada Oil (“CAN-oil”)