Canola oil has been heavily marketed as a healthy choice because it is low in saturated fat.
But a new study suggests the trendy kitchen staple could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients.
It may also increase the build-up of plaques in the brain, a hallmark of the degenerative disease.
A study suggests canola oil worsens memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients (stock image)
And despite its seemingly wholesome profile, researchers discovered it caused weight gain.
The findings suggest for the first time that long-term consumption of canola oil is not beneficial to brain health.
Canola oil is appealing because it is less expensive than other vegetable oils, and it is advertised as being healthy,’ said senior study investigator Professor Domenico Praticò, director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) in Philadelphia.
‘Very few studies, however, have examined that claim, especially in terms of the brain.’