Companies continue to answer the call for oils that are more stable and remove the trans fat and saturated fats from the food supply.
The latest is Dow AgroSciences announcement of its Natreon canola oil that is an improved, highly-stable oil. Dow states Natreon canola oil is virtually trans-fat free and is the lowest in saturated fat of any vegetable oil.
"We are working with major oilseed processors to supply large volumes of this unique, healthy and functional oil to the marketplace," says David Dzisiak, global business leader, Oils/Oilseeds for Dow AgroSciences. Natreon canola oil will be available this fall in North America in high-volume quantities.
In addition to health benefits, Natreon canola oil has natural stability, making it ideal for products that require extended shelf-life, such as baked goods and snack foods, and for high-heat applications, such as frying. Fry studies have shown that Natreon, a non-hydrogenated oil, outperforms partially hydrogenated soybean oil in stability, fry life, reduced polar compound formation, nutritional quality of food, and all sensory attributes.
Natreon canola oil was developed using advanced plant breeding techniques, but remains non-transgenic (non-GMO). Nexera, the seed that yields Natreon, is produced under identity preserved systems. This year, high yielding Nexera canola varieties were launched which will enable large-scale production. Continual investment in plant breeding delivers Nexera varieties with exceptional yields, ensuring the ease of production and competitiveness of Natreon. All Nexera varieties produce a consistent Natreon canola oil quality that is highly stable.
Like traditional canola oil, Natreon contains about 7% saturated fat, the lowest of any vegetable oil. The unsaturated fat profile of Natreon also is desirable with more than 70% monounsaturated fat and a higher omega-3 polyunsaturated fat content than most of the partially hydrogenated oils it can replace. Natreon canola oil is a unique naturally stable alternative to partially hydrogenated oils for food service and manufacturers who are looking to simultaneously decrease trans and saturated fats in their products today.