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Canola growers recognize health researcher

Dr. Carla Taylor has been researching the health effects of canola oil

A Winnipeg-based nutrition researcher is the latest recipient of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association Canola Award of Excellence.

The University of Manitoba’s Carla Taylor has, along with Peter Zahradka and a team of trainees and staff, been researching the health benefits of canola oil for more than a decade. The award was presented last week at the annual CropConnect meeting.

Their research with canola oil looks at what can be done from a nutrition standpoint at the early stages of diseases and to help prevent cardiovascular disease or diabetes from developing further. They have been able to show diet can make a difference.

“I’m thrilled to be recognized along with some of the pioneers of the canola industry who have been acknowledged in the past,” said Taylor in a press release. “It’s a privilege to do nutrition research which links agriculture and health and that can impact dietary strategies for preventing and managing chronic diseases.”

The work, done at St. Boniface Hospital’s Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, is important to the industry, according to MCGA president Charles (Chuck) Fossay.

“Taylor and her team have been investigating how our foods are metabolized and where canola oil fits into our diets for a long time. Their recent work with canola oil shows that diet can make a difference,” said Fossay.

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