Effects of different amounts and types of dietary fatty acids on the body weight, fat accumulation, and lipid metabolism in hamsters

Nutrition. 2016 May;32(5):601-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2015.11.010. Epub 2015 Dec 19.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of different amounts of dietary fatty acids on body weight, fat accumulation, and lipid metabolism of hamsters.

Methods: Sixty male golden Syrian hamsters were randomly divided into six groups. Three of the groups (the S groups) were fed experimental diets containing 5%, 15%, and 20% (w/w) fat of soybean oil (S5, S15, and S20, respectively), and the other three groups (the M groups) were fed the same proportions of an experimental oil mixture (M5, M15, and M20, respectively). The experimental oil mixture consisted of 60% monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and a polyunsaturated-to-saturated fatty acid ratio of 5 with a mixture of soybean and canola oils. Food consumption was measured daily, and body weights were measured weekly. Serum insulin and leptin concentrations were measured and hepatic fatty acid metabolic enzymes and adipose differentiation markers were determined using an enzyme activity analysis and quantitative polymerase chain reaction.

Results: Results showed that the weight and weight gain of the S20 group were significantly greater than those of the other five groups. When the total fat consumption increased, the body weight, weight gain, and adipose tissue weight of the S groups significantly increased, but there were no significant differences in these parameters among the M groups. Serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations were significantly lower in the M15 and S15 groups. The S20 group had significantly higher leptin and insulin concentrations and lipoprotein lipase was promoted, but the acetyl-coenzyme A oxidase and carnitine palmitoyltransferase-1, were significantly lower.

Conclusions: The study demonstrated that a special experimental oil mixture (with 60% MUFAs and a ratio of 5) with high fat can prevent body weight gain and body fat accumulation by lowering insulin concentrations and increasing hepatic lipolytic enzyme activities.

Keywords: Body fat accumulation; Monounsaturated fatty acids; Polyunsaturated fatty acids; Saturated fatty acids; Total fat consumption.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipogenesis
  • Adiposity*
  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects*
  • Dietary Fats / adverse effects*
  • Dietary Fats / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / administration & dosage
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / adverse effects
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / therapeutic use*
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / administration & dosage
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / adverse effects
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / therapeutic use
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic*
  • Insulin / blood
  • Leptin / blood
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Liver / enzymology*
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mesocricetus
  • Overweight / blood
  • Overweight / etiology
  • Overweight / metabolism
  • Overweight / prevention & control*
  • Random Allocation
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Soybean Oil / administration & dosage
  • Soybean Oil / adverse effects
  • Soybean Oil / metabolism
  • Weight Gain


  • Biomarkers
  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Insulin
  • Leptin
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Soybean Oil