People with type 2 diabetes who were advised to follow a diet with a low glycemic index supplemented with extra canola oil had lower blood glucose levels and greater reductions in heart risk than those who ate a diet high in whole grains, researchers found, Health news reported.
“We know that olive oil has a good pedigree among clinicians but canola oil has a good pedigree too,” researchers added.
Sugar builds up in the blood of people with type 2 diabetes because it can’t be absorbed by cells, ultimately increasing the risk of other health problems such as heart disease.
“We thought using canola oil might be a good way to hit the heart disease and the high glucose problem,” said Jenkins.
The researchers recruited 141 people with diabetes, all of whom were taking medication to help lower their blood sugar levels. None of the participants reported smoking, drinking excessively or having other illnesses such as heart disease, liver disease or cancer.
People in the test group were asked to supplement their diet with four and a half slices of canola oil-enriched whole wheat bread each day and were told to focus on eating foods with a low glycemic index.
Those in the comparison group were instructed to eat seven and a half slices of whole wheat bread without the added canola oil each day providing an equivalent number of calories and to avoid products made with white flour.