Switching from butter and other saturated fat sources to polyunsaturated fats in the diet may help diabetics reduce their body fat, according to a new study.
According to Reuters, the study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed 35 obese diabetic women with an average age of 60 for four months. Each took a nutritional supplement containing either eight grams of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) or safflower oil every day.
Researchers say the women showed a small decline in body mass index and shed a couple pounds of body fat while on CLA. While taking the safflower oil, the women lost body fat in the trunk area and gained some muscle mass. Their blood sugar levels showed a general decline as well.
In addition to taking nutritional supplements, the study’s author says working polyunsaturated oils into the diet can be beneficial. Using safflower oil in salad dressings or using it to cook vegetables is an easy way to take advantage of its healthful benefits.
CLA, on the other hand, is harder to get through diet.