You can find a wide variety of cooking oil options on the shelves today.
Among the options are items like coconut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, and others. The soybean oil is the most popular, the most consumed oil in the United States right now, with canola oil coming in as a popular alternative to it.
Health experts have traditionally championed soybean oil, along with other alternatives, as a superior health choice to make, but it might not be.
Recent research has found further evidence that the consumption of soybean oil is linked with potential genetic changes in the brain.
Scientists have observed both neurological and metabolic changes in mice who were fed the substance.
Researchers discovered that the soybean oil induced insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver in the mice. Overall, they noticed the obvious impact that it had on the hypothalamus.
"The hypothalamus regulates body weight via your metabolism, maintains body temperature, is critical for reproduction and physical growth as well as your response to stress," - M. Curras-Collazo, UCR associate professor of neuroscience, lead author on the study.
The research team discovered that there are more than 100 genes being directly impacted by the soybean oil diet, infecting their ability to function correctly.
The more that they can understand the potential negative consequences of consuming this oil, the better researchers can discover the truth that will help to devise a plan to improve brain function and diseases for those who are suffering from them. Though, they didn't discover that the oil causes those diseases, they've witnessed that it certainly does not help.
Next, they will be looking to further investigate and isolate the specific chemicals in the oil that might be fueling this problem. With that knowledge they hope that eventually better oils can be crafted that might not pose such a side effect.
Researchers have admitted that the notion as to whether or not soybean oil is healthy or good for you has yet to be proven.
Coconut oil was also tested and it was seen to produce very few changes.
Researchers want one message to be taken away from their recent study and that is for people everywhere to seek to reduce their soybean oil consumption.
The information that is posted above is not intended to be used as any substitute for professional medical advice, or diagnosis or treatment. The above is posted for informational purposes only.