Is Canola Oil Vegan?


Yes, canola oil is almost always, if not always vegan.

It comes from a certain type of rapeseed plant, namely any plant in the¬†Brassicaceae plant family. Here’s an example of one.

canola flower

The seeds of the plants are heated and then crushed, and the oil from the seeds is extracted using a hexane solvent.

Nowhere in this process should it every come in contact with animal products, which is why canola oil is considered vegan.

There’s quite a bit of debate on whether or not its healthy, but I’ll leave that topic for another day.

You’ll find canola oil in all sorts of things, even beyond cooking, like:

  • Candles
  • Lipsticks
  • Lubricants
  • Inks

And more.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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