Kris-Etherton has been involved in research involving plant monounsaturated fatty acids as well as animal monounsaturated fatty acids.
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“As a general rule, you can't target weight loss to specific body regions,” said said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State, “But monounsaturated fatty acids seem to specifically target abdominal fat.” The dangers of abdominal fat are becoming increasingly well documented, with experts suggesting excess fat around the mid section can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low HDL. “Monounsaturated fats in canola oil decrease this fat that has adverse health effects.” The study showed that when participants consumed conventional canola oil or high-oleic acid canola oil for just four weeks, they lost abdominal fat.