BISMARK, N.D. -- The Northern Canola Growers Association welcomes the news that the FDA has granted a Qualified Health Claim for canola oil, based on its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content.
The claim, which canola oil bottlers and makers of eligible products* may use on labels, states:
"Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 1/2 tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains [x] grams of canola oil."
The Northern Canola Growers Association was a partner in this health claim that was officially filed by the U.S. Canola Association.
"We saw an opportunity for canola to bear a health claim based on favorable health studies that showed the beneficial effects of canola's profile," said Kevin Waslaski, Langdon, N.D., president of the Northern Canola Growers Association. "Our board members felt it was a wise decision that could have a large impact on canola oil use while at the same time improving public health."
The granting of this claim will promote public health by informing consumers about a simple, affordable and convenient strategy to reduce their risk of heart disease. The claim may also encourage food manufacturers and food service providers to substitute canola oil for other oils.
"This is good news for canola growers," stated Waslaski, "it will certainly lead to increased demand, which will increase acreage and profitability for our growers."
* Criteria for foods eligible to bear the claim include containing at least 4.75 grams of canola oil per reference amount customarily consumed, no more than one gram of trans fat, and low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol.
SOURCE: National Canola Growers Association.