This Oil Can Lower Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

Olive oil is touted as a diabetic superfood, but a new study suggests that another type of vegetable oil may be better for heart health.

Researchers from Ohio State University found that consumption of grapseed oil - which is high in linoleic acid - was associated with less fat around the vital organs, lower inflammation, reduced risk for insulin resistance and a leaner body mass.

“Vegetable oils have changed," said Martha Belury, lead researcher and professor of human nutrition. "They’re no longer high in linoleic acid."

GMOs and oils

Previous research on linoleic acid has shown that it can reduce excess body fat in the midsection - a precursor to diabetes - and improve body composition.

Yet people aren't eating as much linoleic acid from natural sources as they used to, Belury said, because of the genetic modification practices of plants - a process that makes linoleum acid, when it's added to processed foods, convert to trans fat in the body.

Grapeseed oil, however, is still a good source of linoleic acid, Belury said, as it contains about 80 percent of its fatty acids.

The study is published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

Source: Ohio State University

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