There often arises confusion between the use of the terms “canola” and “rapeseed”. Rapeseed is the traditional term used to refer the group of oilseed crops belonging to the Brassicaceae family. It can be divided into 2 types - natural rapeseed or canola. Now, the rapeseeds containing lecithin is popularly called rapeseed lecithin or canola lecithin. The popularity of canola lecithin has grown tremendously over the past few decades, mainly due to the GMO issues and possible food allergic reactions caused by soybeans.
Canola lecithin is commonly used as natural oil and water emulsifiers, and as wetting agents in nutritional supplements in powdered form. It is also used as carriers that increase the body’s use of minerals, vitamins and nutrients in tablets and gel caps.
The hypo-allergenic and non-genetically modified properties of canola lecithin, makes it a suitable alternative to soybean lecithin, for uses in food and nutrition. Canola lecithin contains less saturated fat and it is rich in more health-benefiting fatty acids, in comparison to any other all-natural emulsifier. Enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, canola lecithin is great for cardiovascular activity of human body. It is also valued for its non-GMO quality. It is treasured in the health food industry, mainly because of its fatty acid profile.
No major health issues are related with Canola Lecithin and its consumption in food-grade form has been proclaimed safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, high doses of lecithin may cause diarrhea, sweating and nausea.