Can I eat canola oil on a ketogenic diet?

By Dr. Stephen Phinney and the Virta Team

Sources of saturated and monounsaturated fats should provide the majority of your dietary fat intake with a limited amount from polyunsaturates, which are highly concentrated in most vegetable oils. Canola oil contains a high proportion of monounsaturated fat (about 60-65 %), only 15-20% omega-6 (the pro-inflammatory stuff). Canola also contains about 10% omega-3, so it is actually a very good source of the shorter-chain vegetarian omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid. Given its economical price and this beneficial fatty acid composition, canola oil can provide up to half of the ‘added fats’ (i.e., those added to the fats already in food) in a well-formulated ketogenic diet.

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