Canola oil cuts belly fat
  • Nov 18, 2016

Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on body composition, especially in people with obesity. When participants consumed conventional canola oil or high-oleic acid canola oil for just four weeks, they lost abdominal fat, report researchers.

Abdominal obesity or increased waist circumference increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and is also associated with increased risk for conditions such as 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.

As a general rule one cannot target weight loss to specific body regions, but monounsaturated fatty acids present in canola oil seem to specifically target abdominal fat. Researchers also found that the weight lost from the mid-section due to use of canola oil did not redistribute elsewhere in the body.

In order to incorporate canola oil into the diet, researchers suggest using it when sautéing foods, in baking, adding it to a smoothie and in salad dressings.

Conventional weight controlling herbs/ spices like Cinnamon, Ginger, Mustard seed, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and fat burning foods like beans, oat meal, apple, coffee may also be consumed for optimal result in burning of overall body fat.

Journal Reference:

  1. Xiaoran Liu, Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Sheila G. West, Benoît Lamarche, David J.A. Jenkins, Jennifer A. Fleming, Cindy E. McCrea, Shuaihua Pu, Patrick Couture, Philip W. Connelly, Peter J.H. Jones. Effects of canola and high-oleic-acid canola oils on abdominal fat mass in individuals with central obesity. Obesity, 2016; 24 (11): 2261 DOI: 10.1002/oby.21584

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