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Rape & Rape Seed Oil (Brassica Napus)
This member of the cabbage family is cultivated partly as animal fodder and partly for its seeds, which are crushed to make rape seed oil.
There has been some controversy over the use of rape seed oil, as its high in erucic acid and glucosinolates, which have anti-nutritional properties; but even basic mass produced oils are very low in saturated fat
But most agree, that when cold-pressed, that on balance, it equals or even surpasses the health benefits of cold-pressed oil.
The chart on the right, displayed on the web-site of one of Britain's top producers of virgin cold-pressed oil (Farrington Oils; www.farrington-oils.co.uk (http://www.farrington-oils.co.uk/) ), demonstrate its good Omega 3 6 balance. Oil of this standard has a pleasant nutty character and can be used whenever you'd use good olive oil but don't what a definite flavour to dominate.
Mass-produced rape seed oil is an ideal deep-frying medium, with a 'smoke point' of around 220°C (40°C hotter than olive oil).
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