Do you know what an Anthropometric profile is?

We did not. Now we do: it’s a comparative measurement of the body. A study, also from 2015, published in the Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology was conducted by 8 scientists from Morocco: “ Impact of Consumption of Olive and Argan oils on Anthropometric Profile of Postmenopausal Women in Morocco’.

This study was planned to evaluate the impact of the consumption of olive and argan oil on the anthropometric profile and body composition of postmenopausal women.

Worldwide, large studies have shown that menopause is mainly associated with substantial changes in body composition that results in weight gain, waist changes, and fat accumulation. This overweight could be exacerbated (increased) by fat intake. The ratios to measure of the nutritional assessment of your body are called ‘anthropometric profile’. Think body mass index (BMI), height, weight, waist-to-hip ratio etc. The nutritional intervention was conducted over a period of 8 weeks, involving daily consumption of 25 ml. argan or olive oil in 151 postmenopausal women. The anthropometric profile and body composition – fat mass (FM) and lean mass (LM)- were determined 3 times: at the start (baseline, week 0), and after weeks 4 and 8 of nutritional intervention.

Results clearly demonstrated that argan (olive) oil consumption did not affect the anthropometric parameters and the body composition of postmenopausal women. Thus, Argan oil regular diet does not lead to weight gain and post-menopausal women could benefit from the impact of the consumption of argan oil on health for a better quality of life and to overcome all menopause-associated problems.

A longer period of nutritional intervention is required to confirm the trend in this study. Again, we need to study more, but the results are promising: Argan oil has beneficial health effects.

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