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Mar 28, 2013

High Oleic Canola Oil with DHA Linked to Abdominal Weight Loss

Rapeseed flower
used to make canola oil
Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Food Navigator reports on a key study that supports other research concluding that mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) help with weight reduction and maintaining heart health.  This most recent study was done with canola oil while previous studies have been done with soybeans.

The most recent canola study's conclusions are based on the consumption of 4 weeks of consuming a smoothie made with high-oleic canola oil enriched with omega 3 DHA from algae.  Participants lost 1.6% of their abdominal weight while on this diet.  Other participants consuming 4 other types of oil did not lose weight.  This included: 1) regular canola oil; 2) high oleic canola oil; 3) a flax and safflower oil blend; and 4) a corn and safflower oil blend.

This study is significant because in 2015, Dupont and Monsanto are planning for the commercialization of high-oleic soybeans.  This study was funded by the government of Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and Dow AgroSciences.

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