Susan Knowlton, a Dupont scientist, presented testing results of the Plenish brand high oleic soybean oil Monday at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Expo in Anaheim, Calif.
"High oleic soybean oil is a perfect fit for food companies looking to meet consumer demand for zero trans fat with a functionally superior oil that offers high oxidative and heat stability," Knowlton said. "Plenish high oleic soybean oil provides the stability and performance of partially hydrogenated oil without the trans fat and lower saturated fats."
The testing of oil produced from soybeans in 2007 and 2008 showed that Plenish high oleic soybean oil has the highest oleic content of any soybean under commercial development. It contains about 80% oleic acid, and is more than three times higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats than commodity soybean oil. Plenish high oleic soybean oil also will provide flexibility to be used alone or in combination with other oils to optimize cost, functionality and taste.
Soybeans are grown on more acres in North America than any other oilseed crop and high oleic soybean oil is an attractive option for food companies because of the existing production infrastructure for soybeans and soybean oil.
The Plenish high oleic soybean oil trait will be introduced in Pioneer brand soybean varieties, which are on track for 2009 introduction in the United States, pending regulatory approval and ongoing field testing. Canada granted regulatory approval of the Plenish high oleic soybean oil trait in May. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its review earlier this year and USDA has the trait under review. The submission for regulatory approval of the trait in key soybean importing countries around the world are planned or completed.