With the New Year underway, we're looking for ways to slim—and this study revealed a simple strategy with powerful perks! According to research at Ohio State University, postmenopausal women who supplemented with 1 2/3 tsp. of safflower oil daily lost an average of 6.3 percent of their abdominal fat in 16 weeks. And follow-up research suggests the same dose of safflower oil increases insulin sensitivity by 2.7 percent, boosts levels of “good” HDL cholesterol by 14 percent and curbs inflammation by 17.5 percent in 16 weeks. The credit goes to polyunsaturated fatty acids in the oil that rev the production of the fat-burning hormone adiponectin.
But since the healthy fats in safflower oil break down when exposed to heat and oxygen, you’ll see more impressive results if you use 2 to 3 tsp. of oil raw in salad dressings or drizzled over vegetables daily. A brand to try: Spectrum Naturals Organic Safflower Oil ($8 for 16 oz., at Vitacost.com).
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