Having a big belly increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes, but a common cooking oil may help.
A Penn State nutrition professor says as a general rule, you can’t target weight loss to specific areas of your body, but monounsaturated fatty acids seem to target abdominal fat.
A team led by Penny Kris-Etherton found that after a month of following diets that included canola oil, people had a quarter pound less belly fat than they did before and that fat did not go elsewhere in the body.
You can use canola oil for sautéing foods, in baking, and you can add it to smoothies, and in salad dressings.
The researchers point out that further studies should be conducted to look at the long-term effects of a diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids, like canola oil.