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Could canola oil be ticket to your good health?

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Even as a recent study linking its consumption with worsening memories in mice triggered among consumers, a lot of research conducted over the past decade have underlined many health benefits of this derived from

High in monounsaturated fatty acids, was shown to have beneficial effects in people with and Some studies also linked consumption of this oil with risk and enhanced intelligence in children.

A study published in the journal towards the end of 2016 showed that including oil in a healthy diet might help reduce abdominal fat in as little as four weeks.

Researchers believe that monounsaturated fats in help reduce abdominal fat which is linked with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and for conditions such as and

Another study, published in the journal Care in 2014, showed that should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type-2 diabetes.

In an experiment involving over 140 people, participants eating canola bread diet experienced both a reduction in blood glucose levels and a significant reduction in LDL, or "bad", cholesterol.

The researchers pointed out that contains only seven per cent saturated fat, less than half that of olive oil, widely touted for its health benefits.

What is more, compared to olive oil, canola oil costs much less, according to Jivo Canola Oil, one of the largest importers and sellers of canola oil in

Canola oil is also widely regarded as healthy because of its omega-3 fatty acids contents.

Omega 3 is a key component in the brain's development and effective in the It is also considered essential for reducing risk of most and brain development problems.

Another study by scientists at in the US found that canola oil reduced the size and incidence of in rats.

"This is the first time anyone has done work on the effect of canola oil in animals on prevention. Canola oil was able to reduce the incidence of in animals almost to one-third," said Chandradhar Dwivedi, who led the study.

The findings, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, suggested that using canola oil in household cooking may protect against development.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 11:48 IST