Rapeseed oil sales soar as middle class cooks turn to it instead of olive oil because it has half the amount of saturated fat

Olive oil sales falling for first time in decades as shoppers watch their weight
Rapeseed oil is increasingly popular with its higher levels of good fatty acids

PUBLISHED: 19:32, 3 June 2013 | UPDATED: 20:20, 3 June 2013

Oil produced from the burgeoning yellow fields of rapeseed which now dominate the British countryside is eating in to sales of imported olive oil.

Sales of rapeseed oil are up by 11.5 per cent across all retailers and 60per cent at Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket.

By contrast, the volume of olive oil is now showing its first fall in decades with a drop of some 0.3per cent in the number of bottles sold.

Rapeseed oil has a health advantage over olive oil in that it has just six per cent saturated fat content, which is less than half the 14per cent of most olive oil.

It also has higher levels important fatty acids – Omega 3, 6 and 9 – than any other vegetable oil.

The Omega 3 content, which is good for blood circulation and young brains, is some 11 times higher than olive oil, while Omega 6 promotes healthy skin, nails and hair.

The taste benefits are also being recognised for the first time with chefs like Jamie Oliver, who once championed olive oil, now supporting British rapeseed oil.

His Union Jacks restaurant chain uses British Farrington’s Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil in jars on tables and in the preparation of traditional British meals, ranging from fish and chips to steaks, pies and salads.

The oil has a much higher burning point than other types, which means it retains its health benefits when used for roasting and frying.

Cold pressed virgin rapeseed oil is increasingly being seen as a gourmet ingredient to rival the olive oils imported from Italy, Spain and Greece.

It is a remarkable transformation for an oil that was originally developed as a lubricant for engines and, more recently, is being grown in many countries, where it is known as canola, as a bio-fuel to power cars.

In the UK, the value of rapeseed oil sales for food in the year to the end of February shows an increase of 17per cent to £8.5million, while the volume rose 11.5per cent to 2.9million litres, according to retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

By contrast, the volume of olive oil fell by 0.9per cent to 16m litres. A rise in the price of the oil following poor crops in Europe meant that while we are buying less, we paid some 0.3per cent more.

A supermarket own label bottle of rapeseed oil comes in at around £3 for one litre, while the olive oil equivalent is around £4.

Rapeseed has less than half the saturated fat of olive oil

Good fats: Rapeseed has less than half the saturated fat of olive oil

The gourmet cold pressed version of British rapeseed oil, which has a specific nutty flavour, can be £5 for 500ml, while finest imported olive oil would be £7.

Tesco local sourcing manager, Gemma McIvor, said: ‘Anyone driving through the British countryside recently can’t fail to have noticed the abundant fields of bright yellow rapeseed and over the last few years more and more UK producers have turned to grow this relatively new cash crop.

‘We started selling cold pressed rapeseed oil five years ago and since then it has really taken off and we now stock varieties from all over Britain.

‘Rapeseed is extremely easy to grow and now that there is a growing awareness of it as a healthier alternative to olive and vegetable oil we think that more farmers will be tempted to grow it and more shoppers will consider buying it.

‘There is also the added incentive for ethical shoppers that because it is produced locally it cuts down on the carbon footprint of imported oils.’

Due to the growing demand Tesco stocks rapeseed oils produced in Somerset, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Northumbria, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Sussex, Hampshire and Aberdeenshire.

These local varieties are sold in stores in and around the counties where they are produced – each has its own regional flavour and look.

The rapeseed plants in full bloom and ready for harvest in the farms in Luoping, southwest China’s Yunnan province
Healthy alternative: The rapeseed plants in full bloom and ready for harvest in the farms in Luoping, southwest China’s Yunnan province

One of its suppliers is Borderfields, a company set up by a small group of farmers on either side of the Scottish border in Northumbria and Berwickshire.

It began production in 2006 at the start of the boom and has since become the UK’s most popular producer of rapeseed oil – with production tripling to 1.75m litres in 2013.

Ben Guy, the managing director of Hammond Food Oils, parent company of Borderfields said: ‘Cold pressed rapeseed oil has reached an important milestone as it’s now considered a mainstream product. This is an amazing transformation, especially when you think that only seven years ago, it was essentially non-existent in the UK.

‘Building awareness of the benefits of cold pressed rapeseed oil has been a big part of driving growth over the past few years.

‘It’s now our responsibility as manufacturers to capitalise on the likely increases in olive oil prices, by making our offerings as competitive as possible, encouraging more to try this great British alternative.’


  • theunhivedmind

    Rapeseed is a serious threat to the health of both man and beast. Study its terrible effects on thyroid functioning and heart scaring etc. You will see a continuing thyroid dysfunction as we have done of late. These types of oils and fats should never be consumed in the slightest, they are killers. Oils which have to be perfumed instantly because they easily oxidize and are rancid. Stick with extra virgin olive oil or better still virgin coconut oil. Forget the hate against saturated fats and consume these not the new poisons. Another thing to watch out for is soy, its terrible on the body and especially thyroid function. Notice it is present in almost every product you buy today in order to aid the ill health and feminizing of masculines. In a zero-growth post industrial society the medical system is relied upon to make money towards the gross domestic product in order to try to replace the gone manufacturing.

    -= The Unhived Mind

    Mary Gertrude Enig Saturated Fats are healthy and needed [Video]

  • theunhivedmind

    Canola oil used to be called RAPESEED oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons

    Monday, January 23, 2012
    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

    (NaturalNews) Olive oil comes from olive, grapeseed oil comes from grape seeds, peanut oil comes from peanuts and canola oil comes from… rapeseed. The plant known as “rape,” from a Latin word for “turnip,” is a domesticated crop in the widely cultivated Brassicaceae family (also known as the mustard family, the cabbage family, or the cruciferous vegetables). Although the word has disturbing connotations today, during World War II people thought nothing of referring to “rapeseed,” and the oil from those seeds was used for industrial purposes.

    The real problem with the name “rapeseed oil” is that the oil was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956. So when Canadian growers bred a new variety of rapeseed in the 1970s with a lower content of the toxic erucic acid, they decided they needed a new name for it.

    The term canola was coined from “Canadian oil, low acid” to convince consumers that this oil was safe to eat. And while “canola” was originally a registered trademark, the term became so widely known that the trademark was eventually abandoned, and “canola” became the default term in many countries for any low-erucic rapeseed oil.

    Canola oil is a very effective insecticide, and it is the primary ingredient in many “organic” (non-chemical) pesticide control products sprayed on vegetables to kill bugs. I covered this in my “canola oil pesticide” video:

  • theunhivedmind

    The Harmful Effects of Canola Oil – DON’T USE IT

    Leave a Comment Posted by docakilah on August 3, 2011
    The Harmful Effects of Canola Oilby Michael Grant White

    Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts, sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is a canola?

    Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the words “CANadian Oil Low Acid”. Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine for Farmers, “By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are… toxic to humans and other animals”.

    Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. It works very well; it suffocates them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil.

    It is not a food.

    Rape oil is strongly related to symptoms of emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was discontinued.

    A few relevant facts

    It is genetically engineered rapeseed.
    Canada paid the FDA the sum of $50 million to have rape registered and recognized as “safe”. (Source: Young Again and others)

    Rapeseed is a lubricating oil used by small industry. It has never been meant for human consumption.

    It is derived from the mustard family and is considered a toxic and poisonous weed, which when processed, becomes rancid very quickly.

    It has been shown to cause lung cancer (Wall Street Journal: 6/7/95)

    It is very inexpensive to grow and harvest. Insects won’t eat it.

    Some typical and possible side effects include loss of vision, disruption of the central nervous system, respiratory illness, anemia, constipation, increased incidence of heart disease and cancer, low birth weights in infants and irritability.

    Generally rapeseed has a cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest. It has a tendency to inhibit proper metabolism of foods and prohibits normal enzyme function. Canola contains Trans Fatty Acids. Trans fatty acids have been shown to have a direct link to cancer. shown to have a direct link to cancer.

    Foods (including oils) are often labeled as containing trans fatty acids. However any food which says it contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils contains trans fatty acids: Hydrogenation is just the process in which
    trans fats are formed (literally hydrogenation means adding hydrogen). These Trans Fatty acids are labeled as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Avoid all of them!

    According to John Thomas’ book, Young Again, 12 years ago in England and Europe, rape seed was fed to cows, pigs and sheep who later went blind and began attacking people. There were no further attacks after the rape seed was eliminated from their diet. Source: David Dancu, N.D.

    Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil. You’ll find it in an alarming number of processed foods. I read where rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.

    Check products for ingredients. If the label says, “may contain the following” and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and the Canadian government subsidizes it to industries involved in food processing.

    Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by in a build up long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the myelin (protective sheath) of the nerves. Canola oil is a very long chain fatty acid oil (c22). Those who will defend canola oil say that the Chinese and Indians have used it for centuries with no effect, however it was in an unrefined form.*

    (* taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus.)
    I read about a man who bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape seed in their food. He said, “The birds will eat it, but they do not live very long.” A friend, who worked for only 9 mo. as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous health problems.

    Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer-causing chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer.) Amal Kumar Maj. The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 1995 pB6(W) pB6 (E) col 1(11 col in). Compiled by Darleen Bradley.

    Canola Oil in pesticides. The Health Ranger reveals how the No. 1 ingredient in a pesticide product is actually canola oil, and describes the warnings on the product which include that you should never get the oil on your skin or clothing. Soybean oil is also discussed as a key ingredient in another pesticide product.

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