For a few years now this nutrient has received a mixed reaction. Some swear it is horrible for you and we consume way too much. Others take the angle that a balanced approach is the best because there are benefits to this nutrient.
A new study was released that might make those against it to change their mind or at least look at it is a possible beneficial tool to our meal plan arsenal.
A study was conducted at Texas Tech University that looked at Linoleic Acid and how it functions in the body. They believe they found a way that in contributes to an increased fat burning ability by the cells.
This study was conducted on mice, but the researchers theorize that this same benefit can apply to humans as well. They looked at an enzyme called SCD1 that helps to break down saturated fat. Your livers production of SCD1 is dependent on your fat intake from your diet. The more saturated fat you consume the more your body produces this enzyme.
The more this enzyme was produced the more linoleic acid that was found in the tissue. They also observed that it activated a part of the DNA which caused muscle cells to produce more mitochondria. This increase in mitochondria activates a protein that then increases a cell’s ability to burn off more excess energy (burn more calories).
Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. In general we consume too much omega-6 fatty acids in comparison to our omega-3 intake. So it appears that the decision you should make is to not avoid all omega-6 fatty acids, but instead follow the balanced approach since it does appear that if you want to lose weight having some omega-6 fatty acids balanced in your diet along with omega-3 fats will help you to burn more calories and lose more weight.