Veg­etable oil helps re­duce stom­ach fat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

AC­CORD­ING to a new study, in­clud­ing canola oil in your diet could help to trim that spare tyre in as lit­tle as four weeks.

Sourced from the seeds of the canola plant, it has less than half the sat­u­rated fat of olive oil, and con­tains el­e­ments that are known to specif­i­cally tar­get stub­born ab­dom­i­nal fat, but how?

Canola oil is high in mo­noun­sat­u­rated fatty acids, and it’s these which have been shown to have ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on body com­po­si­tion, par­tic­u­larly in peo­ple with obe­sity.

“Vis­ceral, or 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 for Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity.

“Mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats in canola oil de­crease this fat that has ad­verse health ef­fects.”

In a study that tested the ef­fect of five dif­fer­ent veg­etable oil blends – con­ven­tional canola, high-oleic acid canola, high-oleic acid canola with DHA (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), corn/saf­flower and flax/saf­flower – par­tic­i­pants with ab­dom­i­nal obe­sity were asked to con­sume two oil-in­fused smooth­ies a day.

Af­ter just one month of ad­her­ing to these di­ets, Kris-Ether­ton and col­leagues found that par­tic­i­pants who con­sumed con­ven­tional canola oil or high-oleic acid canola oil had 0.11kg less belly fat than when they started.

They also dis­cov­ered that the weight lost from the mid-sec­tion did not re­dis­tribute else­where in the body.

“As a gen­eral rule, you can’t tar­get weight loss to spe­cific body re­gions,” said KrisEther­ton. “But mo­noun­sat­u­rated fatty acids seem to specif­i­cally tar­get ab­dom­i­nal fat.”

So what’s the best way to in­clude canola into your diet?

Kris-Ether­ton sug­gests us­ing it when sautéing foods, in bak­ing and salad dress­ings or, like the par­tic­i­pants, in a smoothie. – The In­de­pen­dent

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