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What is a Diacylglycerol?

By L. Roux
Updated May 17, 2024
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Diacylglycerol consists of fatty acids, and it forms part of plant oils. It provides many health benefits to an individual, and it is also used by many athletes as part of their diet program. Diacylglycerol may also be referred to as Enova, DAG or DAG oil.

DAG is commonly used to aid in weight loss and to reduce body-fat levels. Diacylglycerol is immediately burned as energy when consumed, which makes this fatty acid a very popular alternative to conventional oils. Other oils will immediately convert into fat, which may lead to weight gain. For this reason, many individuals and athletes may choose to replace their normal cooking oil with DAG oil.

An additional benefit of consuming diacylglycerol is that it helps to delay the progression of diabetes. It may also aid in the digestion process and increase the overall metabolism of the body. Using DAG oil may produce visible results within the first three months of use. These results will significantly increase when combined with a balanced diet and moderate training program.

Unlike triacylglycerol (TAG) oils that contain three fatty acids, diacylglycerol oil only contains two fatty acids. It is derived from natural plant oils such as soybean. DAG oils contain more than 80-percent DAG, and this leads to a reduced storage of body fat. Many tests have been conducted using DAG oil, and it has proven to have many health benefits.

DAG oil was originally developed in Japan. It is now also sold as Enova oil, and it may be found in commercial products such as salad dressings and mayonnaise. Diacylglycerol has been granted a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The production of Enova oil was later voluntarily suspended by its makers, the Kao Corporation.

The recommended daily intake for DAG is between 10 and 50 grams. This may be taken in the form of food or as a separate supplement. In general, a serving of DAG contains about eight grams of diacylglycerol oil, and the recommended daily intake may also be divided into smaller dosages to be taken throughout the day.

There are no significant side effects associated with diacylglycerol. It may, however, in some cases cause digestive problems and headaches. The digestion of DAG is somewhat similar to those experienced with regular oils, and as a result, some of the side effects may be similar as well.

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Discussion Comments

By anon947799 — On Apr 27, 2014

I can no longer find dag oil. What can replace it?

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