- A diet enriched with canola oil can help reduce abdominal fat in four weeks, claims a study.
- Abdominal fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Canola oil is a type of rapeseed oil which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that target abdominal fat.
- Canola oil can be used for sauteing, baking and added to salads.
of body fat tends to change over the years. People who follow unhealthy
lifestyle practices and poor dietary practices are more likely to accumulate
fat in the abdomen. Abdominal fat
is also called as visceral fat, which has been linked
to metabolic disturbances
and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, and cancer. A healthy diet and regular exercise help reduce abdominal
fat. Now, a new study claims that including canola oil in the diet may help
reduce abdominal fat in just four weeks.
Abdominal Fat with Canola Oil
researchers conducted the study to assess the effect of canola oil in reducing
abdominal fat. "Abdominal fat increases the risk for cardiovascular
disease, and is also associated with increased risk for conditions such as
metabolic syndrome and diabetes," said Penny M. Kris-Etherton,
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State.
‘Monounsaturated fats in canola oil help decrease abdominal or visceral fat that has adverse health effects such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.’
The study group
involved 101 participants' with abdominal obesity or increased waist
circumference. All the participants were either at risk for or had metabolic
syndrome. The researchers studied the effect of five different vegetable oil
blends in the study participants.
vegetable oil blends include conventional canola, high oleic acid canola, high
oleic acid canola with DHA (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), corn/safflower and
The participants were randomly
assigned to follow each of the oil diets for four weeks. At the end of each
four-week diet, participants were given a four-week break before starting the
were given the specific oil blend in smoothies. Based on the participants'
daily energy requirement, the quantity of oil was calculated. A participant on
a 3,000-calorie diet received 60 grams of the oil per day. The oil provided 18
percent of the daily dietary energy.
containing the specific oil were given during the day. Each smoothie contained
100 grams of orange sherbet, 100 grams of frozen unsweetened strawberries, 100
grams of non-fat milk, and 30 grams of canola oil.
After one month
of adherence to the diet that included canola oil, the participants had
reduced 0.11 kilograms of abdominal fat that they did before the diet.
researchers found that the weight loss in the abdominal region did not
redistribute to other parts of the body. The researchers noted that
monounsaturated fatty acids in canola oil reduced accumulated fat in the
Participants who consumed conventional canola oil or high-oleic
acid canola oil for four weeks had lost fat in the midsection.
said, "As a general rule, you can't target weight loss to specific body
regions. But monounsaturated fatty acids in canola oil seem to target abdominal
concluded that further studies are needed to look at the long-term effects of a
including canola oil in the diet.
Canola oil is a
type of rapeseed oil which is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. It is used
as a common cooking oil as it has less than half the saturated fat of olive or
soybean oil. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) authorized that
replacing saturated fat with canola oil can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Studies have also shown that canola oil can have beneficial effects on body
composition, especially in people with obesity.
Canola oil is
light in texture and has a neutral taste. It can be incorporated into the diet
by adding it to smoothie, salad dressing and also to saute foods. Canola oil
has high heat tolerance and it can also be used in baking, stir-frying,
deep-frying and grilling.
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