|Woman in a field of "canola", unaware of the danger to her virtue.|
Canola oil. Considered one of the healthier oil options. All good, right? Wrong.
First, as some of you likely know, "canola" is a made-up word to replace the unfortunately named "rapeseed." Obviously, marketing an exciting new oil, healthy or otherwise, that has the word rape in it would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. While the "rape" in rapeseed comes from the Latin rapum (turnip in English) and has nothing to do with the criminal term "rape" (derived from the Latin rapere, meaning "to seize, carry off by force, plunder"), explaining that to consumers might be a little tricky.
Okay, so no rape in our oil. But why "canola?" It's an acronym for Canadian oil, low acid. And, for those of you who are anti-GM wackos, it's also made from genetically modified rapeseed.
So, not only is your healthy oil full of freakish, unnatural rape, it's also secretly Canadian. Draw your own conclusions.