Olive oil & UCP genes in rat brown adipose tissue and skeletal muscle
This article gives us an excellent opportunity to address a common misconception amongst the public.
This study, done in rats, shows that olive oil has the potential to cause the animal to burn more calories. This would point to olive oil as having a weight regulating ability. I have frequently been asked if this food or that food is “fattening.” Generally, patients think that if a food has a lot of fat, it must be fattening. This is not at all true, as we see with this study. In truth, healthier fats have little relationship with our body fat.
AJCN — Abstracts: Rodríguez et al. 75 (2): 213