Safflower Oil

United States
January 2, 2010 3:49pm CST
I just read an article on something called Safflower Oil. Until last week I had never heard of it, but supposedly if you start adding this oil into your diet, you lose belly fat without exercise or diet! Sounds like a miracle product right??? That's what I thought. I have yet to try it, but I guess you need to incorporate two tablespoons into your diet daily. As for the price, I guess it costs about five dollars at the grocery store. If anyone has tried it please let me know what you think and what your results are.
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@Indojo (242)
• United States
3 Jan 10
I haven't tried it, but I've heard that coconut oil will help you lose fat.
@owlwings (43039)
• Cambridge, England
4 Jan 10
Coconut oil is supposed to be one of the lowest in saturated fats that there is. I wonder why it isn't more readily available as a cooking oil (in the UK, at least). It is used in soap manufacture and as an ingredient in beauty and other products but not as a cooking oil or even, much, as a 'gourmet' product.
@Indojo (242)
• United States
6 Jan 10
You can buy it here in the US in the health food stores and even in some higher class supermarkets. When I lived in India, I was so annoyed because the cooks working for the Japanese staff we lived with bought more expensive and less healthy imported vegetable oil instead of the traditional Indian coconut oil, because the Japanese CEO insisted on it. It made our food bill higher and our diet less healthy.
• India
4 Jan 10
Safflower oil is comsider as colestoral free oil. And as there present the fattty acid so it is useful in reducing extra waight of the body.
@owlwings (43039)
• Cambridge, England
4 Jan 10
There are two varieties of safflower oil (see my response above). Don't immediately believe all that some 'health' sites tell you. They are out to sell their products and if they can pass off the (cheaper) cooking oil as healthful, they will do so!
• India
3 Jan 10
I am from South India and we use both sunflower and coconut oil for preparing foods.I think coconut oil is better than sunflower oil.Coconut oil can prevent cholesterol.
@owlwings (43039)
• Cambridge, England
2 Jan 10
I haven't tried it (having no particular need for weight loss) but what you may not know is that there are two distinct types of safflower oil. The monounsaturated oil is high in oleic acid and is used as a cooking oil because it is heat stable. The kind that is beneficial and of nutritional value is the polyunsaturated oil which is not so suitable when heated and is better used as a salad oil. The safflower oil which one usually finds in grocery stores is generally on the cooking oil shelves, so it's doubtful that this is the kind that you would want to use. I have found that the distinction between the two types is clearly made in several general knowledge sites whereas the two or three health sites I have looked at do not make the distinction (and even seem to confuse the two types or suggest that they are the same). Polysunsaturated oils (or rather oils which are particularly high in polyunsaturates) are certainly more healthy than those which are high in saturates and one should try to use polyunsaturates as far as possible since they are less likely to induce body fat but the only real answer is to reduce fats and carbohydrates in the diet to a level that the body can use in a day (or lower, of course, if the object is to burn body fat).