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Overcoming the Unnatural Fear of Canola Oil

 I am baking jalapeno cheese bread. The recipe calls for canola oil — can I use a different kind of oil, maybe vegetable oil?

 Are you asking because you don't like canola oil or because you don't have canola oil on hand? (Don't answer — it's a trick question….)

Canola oil is a vegetable oil, pressed from the seeds of the "canola plant" — an engineered variant of the rape plant, which was given a trademarked and much more marketable name in the 1970s. Like corn, peanut, safflower, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, and some other vegetable oils, canola has a neutral taste, so there's really nothing not to like about it.

The various canola trade associations call it the "healthiest" oil, because it is lower in saturated fat than any other common oil, yet high in unsaturated fats and free of cholesterol and trans fat.

If you don't have it on hand, use any other neutral vegetable oil.

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