Everyone assumes that genetically modified (GM) soybean oil is healthier version than conventional soybean oil. Now, the team of researchers has warned through considering the new study that it’s harmful to the functioning of the liver. The study was published in Natural Scientific Reports Journal.
However, GM soybean oil induces lesser obesity insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, and its impact on diabetes and fatty liver are to conventional soybean oil effect, according to the researchers from the University of California-Riverside.
The researchers conducted a test on Plenish that is genetically modified soybean oil which released by a company in 2014. Plenish is engineered for lowering linoleic acid, resulting in oil similar in composition to olive oil. Olive oil is considered as the basis of the Mediterranean diet and healthful. The researchers compared the soybean oil’s long term metabolic effects with those of Plenish.
The team of researchers also compared Plenish and conventional soybean oil with coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats and also help convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol which causes the least amount of weight gain.
All three oil including soybean oil increases the cholesterol levels in the liver and blood, instead of reducing the cholesterol levels, according to the lead researcher Frances Sladek.
After that, researchers also compared two oils with olive oil. They discovered that olive oil produced corresponding effects as GM soybean oil.
The genetically modified soybean oil has a composition similar to that of olive oil. It also induced hepatomegaly or enlarged liver and liver dysfunction similar to olive oil.