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Rapeseed oil in the test: supermarket oils do so well compared to organic brands


For frying, deep-frying or marinating: rapeseed oil is popular in the kitchen. Ökotest has tested 23 refined and cold-pressed oils. Read the results here.

For frying, deep-frying or marinating: rapeseed oil is popular in the kitchen.

Ökotest has tested 23 refined and cold-pressed oils.

Read the results here.

The 23 rapeseed oils tested by Ökotest included products from discounters to organic suppliers, including both



cold-pressed oils


The quality differs considerably, especially with regard to pollution.

In laboratory tests, some rapeseed oils were found to contain harmful ingredients such as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and mineral oil *.

As a result, three rapeseed oils fail the test.

On the other hand, three oils received the top grade of “very good”.

Rapeseed oil: refined, cold-pressed, native - what's the difference?

Rapeseed oil can be used in many ways in the kitchen, is considered


due to its fat composition

and is relatively


to buy.

But there is a bit of confusion when it comes to the terms cold-pressed and refined.

Here is the difference:

  • Cold-pressed

    refers to the method of production: the oils are extracted without the use of heat and


    as gently as possible.

  • Refined

    oils go through extensive physical and chemical processing steps that make the oil edible, tasteless and durable, as reported by Ökotest.

    Advantage: This removes unwanted substances such as pesticides.

    Disadvantage: Valuable ingredients and around 30 percent of the vitamin E content are also lost.

  • Oils that are completely untreated can be called



    They are therefore characterized by an intensely seedy smell and taste as well as a slightly nutty note.

Cold-pressed, native rapeseed oil gives you the typical, fresh, seedy taste.

For everyone who doesn't like the taste of rapeseed oil: You should use refined oils, because they are tasteless.

At the same time, they contain just as many

valuable fatty acids

as cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

Also read:

For cooking, frying, baking and deep-frying: which oil is best to use?

Rapeseed oils in the test: problems with mineral oil contamination

40 percent of the 23 rapeseed oils examined were only mediocre in the test.

Three products fail completely.

Ökotest mainly criticizes contamination with

mineral oil components

as well as with carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).

Ökotest explains that PAHs are formed when organic material is incompletely burned and can enter the food chain through exhaust gases or tire abrasion, among other things.

The majority of rapeseed oils that showed no PAH traces show that such contamination can be avoided.

Another big problem in many rapeseed oils in the test is mineral oil: only five products are free from it.

In eight rapeseed oils, however, the values ​​were "greatly increased" according to the Ökotest criteria.

Mineral oil components can accumulate in human adipose tissue and the liver.

The consequences of ingestion for the human body have not yet been clarified.


how does mineral oil get into food products


"Mineral oil components can get into rapeseed oil from a wide variety of sources.

In the case of refined oils, examples of possible sources are residues of the extractant used.

Lubricating oils from oil presses can be a cause of both refined and cold-pressed oils, ”explains edible oil expert Dr.

Bertrand Matthäus from the Max Rubner Institute opposite Ökotest.

On the positive side, however, no

pesticides, fatty pollutants and plasticizers

(or only minor traces) were found

in the oils


None of the rapeseed oils tested was also adulterated or spoiled.

The worst rapeseed oils according to the Ökotest: two are from organic brands

Rapeseed oil

Price per liter



Alnatura rapeseed oil native

4.98 euros


Mineral oil components and exposure to PAHs greatly increased

Rapunzel rapeseed oil mild, steamed

7.23 euros


fishy smell, dull taste;

Mineral oil components increased

Thomy pure rapeseed oil

3.99 euros


Mineral oil values ​​\ "very much increased \"

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"very good" top rating

cut at Ökotest two refined and cold-pressed oil from:

  • the cheap, refined “Yes!

    Pure rapeseed oil "from Rewe (96 cents per liter),

  • the refined “Feinkost Rapeseed Oil” from Kunella (2.58 euros) and

  • "Moritz Raps Kernöl cold-pressed, native" from Kleeschulte (promotional link) (7.58 euros per liter).

As is so often the case in life, the same applies here: good quality does not necessarily have to be expensive.

In addition to the very good oil from


, the refined rapeseed oils from 




Netto also

 scored “good” in the test.

Tips on Proper Use of Rapeseed Oil

  • Store rapeseed oil in a cool and dark place, preferably in the refrigerator.

  • Native oils

    are good for gently steaming and baking, but they are best to use in cold kitchens because the taste is retained.

  • Refined oil is recommended for frying as it is

    highly heatable


Source: Ökotest (complete results behind the payment barrier)

(mad) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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