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Canola Oils Found To Reduce Abdominal Fat, Lower Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

March 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The monounsaturated fats in canola oil and high-oleic canola oils appear to reduce abdominal fat, in turn reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, U.S. researchers have found. For the randomized, controlled trial, 121 participants at risk for metabolic syndrome consumed a smoothie containing 40 grams (1.42 oz.) of one of five oils as part of a weight maintenance, heart-healthy, 2000-calorie per day diet. Results showed that those who consumed canola or high-oleic canola oils every day for four weeks lowered their belly fat by 1.6 percent compared to those who consumed a flax/safflower oil blend.
Kris-Etherton et al., "Monounsaturated Fats Reduce Metabolic Syndrome Risk", News release, presentation at the American Heart Association's EPI/NPAM scientific sessions, March 29, 2013, © Kris-Etherton et al.
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