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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.


5madthings Mon 08-Jul-13 12:29:23


aristocat Mon 08-Jul-13 12:33:07


MummyBtothree Mon 08-Jul-13 13:23:08

I keep putting my name down so fingers crossed this time!!!

VelvetStrider Mon 08-Jul-13 13:31:36

Done. I hope the oil smells nicer than the plants - I have to cover my nose whenever we drive past a rapeseed field as it smells so bad!

glenthebattleostrich Mon 08-Jul-13 13:41:48

Done, hope I get picked. I never seem to and have started feeling like the one left at the end in PE who no one wants on their team <paranoid sobbing>

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Mon 08-Jul-13 14:22:45

My spaniel partakes in RapeseedOilTrials everyday. However I have to wash it all off after his walk or he makes everything sticky
Maybe he'd be really yummy if I fried him before washing

AtYourCervix Mon 08-Jul-13 14:27:13

I hate rapeseed. It smells foul, is too bright and makes my eyes itch.

Pontouf Mon 08-Jul-13 14:59:08

I really like the smell of rapeseed! My mother always slags it off though as she used to keep bees and says that rapeseed pollen makes crap honey.

CuppaSarah Mon 08-Jul-13 15:43:17

I had no clue about rapeseed oil being so good for you! Picked or not I'm swapping to it from now on.

aboutagirl Mon 08-Jul-13 16:18:07

I already use it in place of olive oil for general cooking and frying. For those buying I really like the Borderfrields brand which you can get in Aldi for £2.99 - more expensive elsewhere

mignonette Mon 08-Jul-13 16:22:03

I love Rapeseed oil although to anybody who loves Frank Zappa, the brand called Mellow Yellow is a little off putting wink

Glitterfairys Mon 08-Jul-13 16:31:02

I'm like CuppaSarah and did not have a clue how good Rapeseed oil is for you. Im all for lowering my familys saturated fat intake smile

AtYourCervix Mon 08-Jul-13 16:34:11

I can't believe that anything that smells that bad, and causes such massive allergic reactions in so many people, can be good for anyone.

Evil stuff.

blueberryboybait Mon 08-Jul-13 16:44:40

We went to a rapeseed farm recently it was amazing to see how many little pin head size black seeds each plant makes! We saw how the oil was pressed, it looked fab and we tried it in the salad dressing and they looked our meat for lunch in a little of it.

florencebabyjo Mon 08-Jul-13 17:22:59

This one should be interesting. I want to see how easily it adapts to baking recipes.

wannabedomesticgoddess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:49:14


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landofsoapandglory Mon 08-Jul-13 20:07:38

I'm with AtYourCervix, Rapeseed is like poison. It makes DS2's asthma bad, DS1's eyes swell up and I think that the massive increase in the amount of it being grown right next to my house is the cause for my morning migraines, so have to sleep with the windows shut!

fuckwittery Mon 08-Jul-13 21:19:59

We seem to be surrounded by rapeseed fields, but they don't sell it in my nearest supermarket, I need an excuse to venture further afield to find some though, I keep hearing how great it is.

fuzzpig Mon 08-Jul-13 21:51:21

Sounds intriguing!

blondieminx Mon 08-Jul-13 22:44:21

I'm with AtYourCervix - and I particularly dislike the way the crop makes it look like someone's taken a highlighter pen to the countryside angry

Vile stuff.

Olive oil all the way here!

fuckwittery Mon 08-Jul-13 22:46:28

Atyourcervix and other allergic people - using the oil in cooking might actually increase your tolerance? Totally unscientific but I know that eating local honey is meant to be good for increasing tolerance to local pollens.

Svina Mon 08-Jul-13 22:55:34

I have never seen cold pressed rape seed oil for sale any where let alone aldi. Would like to try.

Sconset Mon 08-Jul-13 23:17:17

florenecebabyjo rapeseed oil is known as canola oil in US/Canada, and it's actually used in loads of US/Canadian recipes (particularly muffins).

I, too, have never seen cold pressed rapeseed oil for sale anywhere. I buy organic rapeseed oil from sainsbury's (own brand organic range)- I much prefer rapeseed to sunflower, which I find makes me heave when cooked/heated. No idea why, but I prefer the smell/taste of rapeseed oil.

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