IFT_New Insights into Nutritional Oils

The call for clean label, transpar- ency, and nutrition has continually grown and affected the development of all ingredients, including fats and oils. “Clean label, especially related to partially hydro- genated oil (PHO) replacement, organic, and non-GMO, has been a major consumer trend,” says James Haddon, strategic marketing director, global edible oils solutions at Cargill. “Clean label means different things in different parts of the world, and trends are highly dependent on the category and region.” He explains that in the United States, producers have been removing PHOs over the last few years, which was acceler- ated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s determination that PHOs are no longer generally recog- nized as safe (GRAS). “As of June 18, 2018, PHOs may only be used after FDA approval. Other countries, including Europe, Russia, India, Taiwan, and Canada, are taking action on PHOs subsequent to the U.S. FDA determination.”

Food manufacturers have been reformulating and looking for solutions to address PHO replacement as well as clean labeling, transparency, and nutrition. Mainstream high oleic oils, such as soy, canola, and sun ower, as well as palm oil and interesteried oils currently help developers in their endeavors. Here is a look at some of the recent news regarding these as well as other up-and-coming niche nutritional oils that have been touting their benecial health properties.

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Food Technology, November 2017 issue | Nov 27, 2017
IFT_New Insights into Nutritional Oils