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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Jul-13 11:12:37

We've been asked by to find MNers to take part in a 2 week rapeseed oil challenge starting 22nd July.

Here's what, a not-for-profit campaign that aims to inspire people to use this cooking oil, say about the challenge: "Did you know rapeseed oil, sometimes labelled vegetable oil, is one of the healthiest and most versatile cooking oils you can buy? It has 50% less saturated fat than olive oil and can be used cold in salad dressings through to frying at high temperatures. Many celeb chefs, nutritionists and foodies are championing rapeseed oil for its culinary and health properties. Give it a try and tell us what you think to be entered into a prize draw."

Here's what's involved:

- This is open to all UK MNers with at least one child aged between 2 and 16 living at home.

- The challenge will be from 22nd July to 5th August. During the challenge you'll need to post your feedback on a thread on MN. Please only sign up if you and your family are available to take part during this time.

- The challenge is to buy two bottles of rapeseed oil - one labelled 'vegetable oil' and the other labelled 'cold pressed' - and then to use these in place of your normal cooking oils for two weeks and tell us what you think. (If you already use rapeseed oil, feel free to take part in this challenge too.)

- If you have any questions about rapeseed oil, go to to ask the nutritionist and check out their guide to rapeseed oil FAQs. Try their easy and tasty recipes while you're there.

- 100 MNers will be selected as 'officials'. If selected, you'll be sent a £10 voucher to contribute towards the cost of buying the oils. This voucher will be for one of two supermarkets - you can submit your preference of supermarkets when you sign up. All 'officials' who post their feedback on the MN thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 supermarket voucher of their choice.

- You can still take part if you don't get selected as an 'official'. All 'non-officials' who take part in the challenge and post their feedback on the MN thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 supermarket voucher of their choice.

If you'd like to take part as an 'official' in the challenge, please sign up here.

We'll be in touch with the 100 'official' MNers selected to take part in the challenge by 16th July.


mumat39 Fri 02-Aug-13 13:50:03

The FAQ section talks about hayfever, but nt about the fact that in countries like America where canola oil is used, there are high instances of people with a food allergy to this. Canola is their name for rapeseed oil.

Having read up a bit more about this, it was grown in places like Canada as a crop for the oil. The oil was used for lubricating engines and other machinery. It was in high demand during the war years and used in planes, tanks etc. it was never an edible oil, and even the stuff left after the oil was extracted was too unpleasant to feed to animals. I think that stuff might have been used as fertiliser. Anyway, after the war, the plant was genetically modified to make it more palatable and is now used as a food.

mercibucket Tue 30-Jul-13 12:42:52

not for profit campaign indeed!!

JollyShortGiant Mon 15-Jul-13 21:11:42

Thank you. I appreciate that they've taken the time to respond to the allergen query.

florencebabyjo Mon 15-Jul-13 21:03:56

Thanks for that, I will try with interest, but still intrigued about the low saturated fat claims. I wonder if you can make decent pastry with it? Anyone know?

Fraxinus Mon 15-Jul-13 20:00:29

Just seen cold pressed rape seed oil in aldi leaflet... £1.99 for 500ml. I'm sure it's delicious but I doubt it is cheaper than olive oil.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Jul-13 10:18:42

Hi - the team at have posted a response on their FAQ about allergies: here. They also have lots of other responses on their FAQ page and say "we are reading your posts and getting your questions answered as quick as we can by a Registered Dietitian who is reviewing the science.

You can also ask us questions using our ask the nutritionist tool".

Thanks to everyone who has applied.
We'll be closing off the recruitment today and choosing testers

gazzalw Sun 14-Jul-13 06:57:00

Stella in the Daily Telegraph was full of rapeseed oil recipes - yum!

Fingers crossed to be chosen for this challenge - always good to try out a new ingredient and some new recipes at the same time!

Armadale Sat 13-Jul-13 18:10:23

Interesting first and only post, solebags

solebags Sat 13-Jul-13 09:05:35

Didn't realise that the vegetable oil sold in supermarkets with the yellow flowers is rapeseed oil anyway. Why don't they promote more? The low saturated fat and high smoke point make it more healthy than anything else. Also didn't realise olive oil with its low smoke point turns carcinogenic when burnt, will be definitely be making sure I use rapeseed oil for frying in future.

JollyShortGiant Fri 12-Jul-13 12:43:32

There's nothing on the FAQs about allergies. I'm amazed nobody has asked them about that.

pollywollydoodle Fri 12-Jul-13 08:45:37

as another wheezer, imo the last thing we need is to raise demand so that we end up growing more of this yellow menace with it's bloody annoying pollen.

JollyShortGiant Fri 12-Jul-13 07:12:08

I also call the plant oil seed rape. I don't mind the color and it is interesting for toddlers to spot out of the far window. We live rurally so it is everywhere. But the plants affect my breathing and make me cough, so we use olive oil and sunflower oil and avoid rape seed oil completely.

mumat39 Thu 11-Jul-13 23:26:52

Wilson, thanks. She's doing ok. Doesn't seem to be growing out of any of the many allergies she has, but there is always hope that one day she might.
Fuckwittery, I completely misunderstood what you said, so no need to say sorry. I get confused very easily. confused

Alidoll Thu 11-Jul-13 23:02:46

If it smells better out of the bottle than in the field or olive oil (which gives me a massive migraine if cooking with that), willing to give it a go ;)

biddy1902 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:37:47

Love rapeseed oil I buy it in N.I called Broighter Gold it's one of the nicest I've tried yet. Some are very strong this ones milder.

Amazinggg Thu 11-Jul-13 21:05:12

I hate it when food / big agriculture lobbies pretend they are akin to government food advisors. Actually with this lot in power, they probably are government food advisors.

I would do a lot of googling before taking this exactly as they say.

irishtilly Thu 11-Jul-13 17:46:14

Done my daughter is allergic to many things so thought it would be worth a try

neverwhere Thu 11-Jul-13 16:11:02


Justfornowitwilldo Thu 11-Jul-13 15:45:10

It causes hell with allergies. We're surrounded by fields of the stuff and can't go out cycling or walking when it's out or DH gets a week long reaction. I don't react. I just think it reeks.

MirandaGoshawk Thu 11-Jul-13 15:40:03

I posted on MN some time ago about how to make a vinaigrette and someone who's married to a Frenchman said he makes it with vegetable oil because it's lighter than olive oil, & now I use veg oil for everything. But the Omega 3-6 info is interesting.

I too hate the fact that it turns the countryside violent yellow and has an unfortunate name. I always call it oilseed rape. Prefer sunflower oil anyway

alialiath Thu 11-Jul-13 12:52:20

Done. I'm all for healthier alternatives, as long as taste isn't compromised, and noses turned up at meal times.

Sconset Wed 10-Jul-13 21:22:46

wilson could you imagine the smell?! <boak>

boatclub Wed 10-Jul-13 17:00:58

Have signed up - happy to use a local product but can't imagine it fully replacing olive oil

Armadale Wed 10-Jul-13 16:50:20

No, I eat fish oil in fish.

But if I cook with vegetable oil then some of the benefit of that fish oil gets wasted because all the little receptors are busy with the vegetable oil, from what I can understand, which is why there is an inverse relationship between intake of veg oil and having omega 3 in the blood

Anyway, think I'll bow out of this thread now as I'm not some kind of expert grin just know enough to stay the heck away from this and be cross they are upselling it into the diet.

Incidentally the not for profit camapign is funded completely by HGCA 'the UK-wide cereals and oilseeds division of AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board)' according to the small print on their own website.

WilsonFrickett Wed 10-Jul-13 16:39:21

Yeah but do you cook with fish oil? I mean, can you?

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