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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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 Dr. Getty 


Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Canola oil - natural substitute?

Hi Dr. Getty,

Please could you tell me if there is a natural substitute to canola oil? I have been reading up about it and discovered that it is a genetically engineered oil. I am having second thoughts about it now, is there a different oil I could use in conjunction with flaxseed oil?


Re: Canola oil - natural substitute?

Hi Christine,

Most of the vegetables we eat have been genetically engineered in one form or another. The rapeseed has been genetically altered to produce a seed whose oil does not contain significant amounts of erucic acid.
This new seed is called canola.

However, to answer your question, you could add rice bran oil to flaxseed oil, which will boost the monounsaturates in your horse's diet. Corn oil is also a consideration, but only in small amounts since it is mostly omega 6s.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO