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Why should I avoid safflower oil if I am trying to lose belly fat?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
Safflower oil is predominantly polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) come in several varieties. As a class, they have generally been associated with favorable health effects. Omega-3 PUFAs, in which we tend to be deficient, are clearly beneficial for most of us. They have anti-inflammatory effects and tend to have favorable effects on body fat deposition. However, safflower oil is not a source of omega-3s. It is, instead, a source of omega-6 PUFAs. These, too, are essential, but if anything, we tend to get more than we need from the oils used in processed foods. Most omega-6s have pro-inflammatory effects, and generally do not have the favorable associations with weight control that the omega-3s have.

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