Making canola oil part of your diet may help you burn extra abdominal fat in less than four weeks, finds a new study.
“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. Monounsaturated fats in canola oil decreases fat that has adverse health effects,” said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Professor at the Pennsylvania State University, US.
For the study, the researchers tested the effect of five different vegetable oil blended in 101 participants’ diets through a controlled study.
The subjects were randomly assigned to follow for four weeks each of the treatment oil diets: conventional canola, high-oleic acid canola, high-oleic acid canola with DHA (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), corn/safflower and flax/safflower.
After each four-week diet period, participants were given a four-week break before starting the next diet period.
All of the participants had abdominal obesity, or increased waist circumference, and were either at risk for or had metabolic syndrome — a group of conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low HDL (also known as good cholesterol) and excess body fat around the waist.
When participants consumed conventional canola oil or high-oleic acid canola oil for just four weeks, they lost abdominal fat reports IANS.