Canola oil may benefit type 2 diabetes

Canola oil

New research reveals that people who consume Canola oil can experience a significant reduction in blood glucose levels as well as reduction in bad cholesterol.

The study conducted by the researchers at the University of Toronto shows that canola oil diet remarkably benefits people with type 2 diabetes.

Some 141 people who had diet of bread made with canola oil were observed during the study. Researchers found reduction in their LDL cholesterol.

The study also showed a seven per cent reduction in cardiovascular events among them, according to research report published in the journal Diabetes Care.

The research once again affirms that monounsaturated fats such as canola and olive oil can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stated the research leader Dr. Jenkins, a professor of both nutritional sciences and medicine at the University of Toronto.

The significance of the research is observing the combination of a low GI diet supplemented with canola oil that had not been tested before on people with Type 2 diabetes, Jenkins noted.

Canola is a contraction of ‘Canada’ and ‘ola’, meaning oil. It was developed from rapeseed (Brassica napus) at the University of Manitoba in the 1970s. The oil contains only seven per cent saturated fat, less than half that of olive oil.

Diabetes is an incurable condition in which the body cannot control blood sugar levels, because of problems with the hormone insulin.

In type-2 diabetes, either the pancreas cells do not make enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react properly to it. This is known as insulin resistance.

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