It’s long been known that artificial trans fat is harmful to health, with decades of research pointing to its negative effects. Over the years, steps have been taken to reduce and eliminate this fat from the food supply. First, as of January 2006, FDA required trans fat to be listed on nutrition labels, and the food industry responded by drastically reducing its presence in the food supply. Still, artificial trans fats were commonly found in baked goods, microwave popcorn and other packaged snacks, margarines and shortenings. Then in 2015, FDA made the determination to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), the primary source of artificial trans fat, from the food supply and gave the food industry a three year compliance period.
As we inch closer to the June 2018 deadline, Bloomberg recently shared an update on the phasing out of trans fats and the healthy oil alternatives being used to replace them.
The article provides a brief overview of three top innovative oil solutions including non-GMO Omega-9 Canola Oil from Dow AgroSciences, DuPont’s Plenish High Oleic Soybean Oil made with GMO soybeans and Monsanto’s Vistive Gold High Oleic Soybean Oil, also made with GMO soybeans. All of these oils are free of artificial trans fat and contain “good” fats (monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat). Additionally, because they are high in omega-9 fatty acids, a type of monounsaturated fat, these oils provide stability in food applications — a key function of trans fat. But another important factor to consider is taste — the top purchase driver among consumers.
As high oleic oils continue to make their way into the food supply, Bloomberg conducted a taste test between the three previously mentioned brands and an oil containing trans fat. The four oils were each used in a boxed brownie mix (baking application) and french fries (frying application) and tested among four Bloomberg employees “with discerning pallets.”
While french fries cooked in Plenish and Vistive Gold received positive feedback, Dow’s non-GM Canola Oil was “the clear winner.” Feedback on the brownies revealed that none of the healthy oils stood out as the best, but all three oils are good replacements.
When interviewed about Omega-9 Canola Oil, Dave Dzisiak, Commercial Leader, Grains & Oils, for Dow AgroSciences, stated, “This oil has the whole package.” We couldn’t agree more. Omega-9 Canola Oil is not only a viable trans fat replacement, omega-9 fats have been associated with several health benefits. Additionally, the oil boasts superior performance and also a light, clean taste that allows a food’s flavor to shine through. It’s no wonder this oil is currently being used by major national and regional foodservice chains, as well as by snack food makers.
While non-GM Omega-9 Canola Oil was highlighted in this article, Dow AgroSciences also offers a GM Omega-9 Canola Oil, giving farmers and customers options that best meet their needs. Interested in learning more about Omega-9 Canola Oil and how to integrate it into your business? Contact our team today!