Vegetable oils are healthy: 10 facts

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2013-06-08 13:15

A new study from University of Missouri finds vegetable oil is healthy after all and does not promote inflammation in the body like some research has started to claim.

No health risks found from vegetable oils

The finding that comes from an analysis of randomized clinic trials shows corn, canola and soy oils will not cause heart disease, cancer or other inflammatory related disease. That is of course, unless we consume vegetable oils to excess.

Animal studies have suggested vegetables oils promote inflammation. But the new study found that humans do not respond to linoleic acid (LA) in vegetable oils and chronic diseases the same as animals.

A 2013 BMJ published study also suggested linoleic acid could increase the chances of dying from heart disease. The study authors wrote: ‘…substituting omega 6 linoleic acid for saturated fat did not provide the intended benefits, but increased all cause morality, cardiovascular death, and death from coronary heart disease.”

Inflammation is the root of all disease. Kevin Fritsche, an animal science researcher says the MU study found "no evidence" that vegetables oils promote inflammation, which is contrary to warnings that have been shared for "the better part of a decade".

Fritsche said there is even some evidence that vegetable oils widely used for cooking can indeed be healthy by lowering inflammation

"We’re not saying that you should just go out and consume vegetable oil freely. However, our evidence does suggest that you can achieve a heart-healthy diet by using soybean, canola, corn and sunflower oils instead of animal-based fats when cooking," Fritsche said in a press release.

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