Bellucci Premium Comments on an Article that Discusses a Study About How Olive Oil Consumption Can Help Prevent Abdominal Fat Accumulation

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Bellucci Premium responds to an article regarding a study on how the unsaturated fat found in extra virgin olive oil can help prevent abdominal fat buildup.

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Bellucci Premium, a high quality extra virgin olive oil producer, comments on an article published by TeatroNaturale International that follows a study on weight gain and how different types of fat can affect the body.

In an article published by TeatroNaturale International on March 3rd titled, “Abdominal fat accumulation prevented by unsaturated fat, as olive oil,” the positive effect of substituting saturated fats with unsaturated fats is discussed. The study included 39 healthy men and women that voluntarily ate 750 extra calories per week for two months. As stated in the article, “the extra calories were ingested in the form of muffins with high fat content, baked in the lab by Fredrik Rosqvist, a doctoral candidate and first author of the study.” The muffins that were given to the two groups were identical in composition apart from the fat content. One group was given muffins made from saturated fats and the other from unsaturated fats, like extra virgin olive oil.

To track the findings, MRIs were conducted on each candidate to measure muscle mass and distribution of fat in the body. At the end of the seven weeks, “despite comparable weight gains between the two diet groups, the surplus consumption of saturated fat caused a markedly greater increase in the amount of fat in the liver and abdomen.” The group that had been given the muffins made with olive oil had three times the amount of muscle mass. “Thus, gaining weight on excess calories from polyunsaturated fat caused more gain in muscle mass, and less body fat than overeating a similar amount of saturated fat.”

Research has found that "liver fat and visceral fat seems to contribute to a number of disturbances in metabolism” and relates these issues to type-2 diabetes. Unsaturated fat substitutes, such as olive oil, will be even more beneficial in coming years to help prevent such diseases, lower fat storage, and increase sugar metabolism.

Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Tuscan olive oil producer Bellucci Premium, says, “Many dieters cringe at the word ‘fat’, but they should know that not all fats are created equally! Saturated fats, which are found in animal products like cheese and meat, can cause heart disease and obesity, whereas unsaturated fats, like the ones found in olive oil, promote heart health and a healthy weight.”


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