Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. PHOs are the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from products.
Partially hydrogenated fat molecules contain trans fats that are widely known to raise bad cholesterol levels and thus raise one’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega-9 Oils, the brand which supports this blog, commends the FDA on its decision; read its press release here.
Omega-9 Canola Oil has zero trans fat and the lowest level of saturated fat of any oil on the market. This naturally stable oil, high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, can be used in applications currently employing partially hydrogenated oils without reducing shelf life or stability. To date, Omega-9 Oils have helped food service and food processing companies remove 1.5 billion pounds of saturated and trans fats from the North American market.