One great way to keep eating foods you love is to prepare them with healthy ingredients.
One essential ingredient is cooking oil. Oil is a source of fat in the diet. FDA recommends that 30% or lesser calories should contribute to daily fat intake.
Olive oil is considered to be one of the healthiest oils.
Despite its touted benefits, is olive oil the best oil for weight loss?
A research study states that consumption of medium chain triacylglycerol oil leads to better weight loss than olive oil.
Medium chain triacylglycerol oils (MCT) have 6-12 carbon atoms in their structure and hence the name. Triacylglycerol is basically a group of 3 fatty acids (basic constituents of fat).
Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are the top sources of MCTs. Dairy products also provide MCTs but they are higher in saturated fats which isn’t healthy.
What happened in this study?
49 overweight individuals participated in a 16 week weight loss program.
Each subject received muffins cooked in olive oil or MCT oil and the same oil was given to the subject to be used for daily cooking.
What was the outcome?
Subjects consuming MCT oil lost on an average of 1.7 kg more than olive oil group. No difference was observed in waist circumference in both groups.
Total body fat and total body lean mass was found to be lower in MCT group. Muscle area and fat tissue near the abdomen turned out to be higher in those consuming olive oil.
How did this happen?
MCTs have lower calorie content than other fats and aid in burning more calories. Long chain triglycerides (LCT) are larger molecules which makes it difficult for the body to break them down.
MCTs on the other hand are smaller and hence digested easily. They are utilised immediately by the body as a source of energy and hence not easily deposited as fat.
MCTs are also found to control appetite and enhance satiety in comparison to LCT. This can help to reduce overall intake of calories and thus aid in weight loss.
What does this mean?
According to the study, it means that great weight loss and loss of fat mass can be achieved by consuming a weight loss diet cooked in moderate amount of MCT oil rather than one cooked in equivalent amount of olive oil.
So organic coconut oil seems to be a better aid in weight loss than olive oil, don’t you think so? Eat healthy. Exercise wisely.