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Canola Oil Diet Trims Belly Fat, Study Says; Can Target Specific Body Area? [VIDEO]

Update Date: Nov 04, 2016 08:46 AM EDT

A study on subjects with abdominal obesity discovered that including Canola oil into the regular diet of the participants significantly reduced belly fat and promoted weight loss. The study suggests that the canola oil diet can target specific body area that needs trimming, particularly in the mid-section.

It is common knowledge among nutritionists and dieticians that there is no specific weight loss program that can target specific regions. However, the use of Canola oil in a diet has yielded positive results especially for persons suffering from abdominal obesity.

The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) controlled study looked into the diet of 101 participants who were assigned to drink two smoothies every day for a period of one month. The smoothies were mixed with three mixtures of oil: corn with safflower oils, flax with safflower oils, and three kinds of canola oil (regular, high oleic acid, and high oleic acid with DHA).

At the end of the 30 day period, the subjects assigned with the canola oil smoothies significantly lost weight by .11 kilograms around their mid-section as reported in Penn State News. Even more astounding, the fat lost was not distributed elsewhere like in the hips, thigh or butt areas .

Canola oil in a regular diet also has other benefits as reported in the NY Daily Mail. The oil can reduce cholesterol and even complications resulting to death from heart and respiratory diseases, cancer, and even dementia. Nonetheless, researchers at PSU still recommends further testing should be done to assess the long-term effects of the canola oil diet.

Canola oil is actually oil squeezed from the yellow flowered rapeseed plant. It contains healthy monounsaturated fats that are also present in olive oil, nuts and avocados. Canola oil is best for sautéing dishes and in making salad dressings. It can also be used in baking and blending smoothies.

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