Genetically Modified Canola Plant
What Is Canola?
Canola is a crop formed by a plant, three to five feet tall that produce seeds which are harvested and crushed to create canola oil. These plants grow with small, yellow flowers, which are bright and make the environment colourful. Canola seeds contain about 44 percent of oil. This large percentage of oil comes in small canola seeds which are similar in size to poppy seeds and they are brownish-black in color. Canola belongs to the same family as mustard, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Besides the U.S it is mostly grown in Canada and Australia, but canola oil is used all over the world.
Is Canola Bad...
What really is a canola? Canola is actually a made up word for a genetically modified product. Canola stands for “Canadian oil low acid.” It is a Canadian invention. Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant. These oils have been used for a long time for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food. Rapeseed oil is the source that create mustard gas, and on its own it causes things like emphysema, respiratory distress, and blindness.
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Refined canola oil has been used a lot for the production of margarine. With its high content of fatty acids of 60-70 percent. Genetically modified canola could be developed with a higher content of long chain fatty acids. Fatty acids with longer side chains remain solid at higher temperatures. This means that margarine could be produced with fewer processing steps. Canola oil has also become important as a healthy cooking oil. Also it can be used to produce certain vitamins such as vitamin E, and substances that can help lower cholesterol levels in the human body.
Is Canola Bad...
A Simple Overlook
Canola can cause confusion when trying to debate if it is healthy or unhealthy for us humans. Before Canola is genetically modified by farmers, it can be looked at as a harmful product because it is used for not only oil but also industrial products like mentioned above. Now when the canola is finally genetically modified it more used for oil and can help us a little more than before, such as giving us more vitamins. In the end, canola is a better product when modified and that is why it is modified, because it becomes better.