Throughout the course of the year, this blog aims to highlight various oils found on supermarket shelves and in product ingredient lists to explore their function in the food industry and human health. In light of the recently announced preliminary determination regarding the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) in foods, we’re kicking off this “Oils Spotlight” series by featuring a heart-healthy alternative to PHOs — Omega-9 Canola Oil.
Omega-9 Oils is the category powering the Good Fats 101 program. Omega-9 Canola Oil is currently available for foodservice and food processing companies seeking to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) and trans fats, while sunflower oil will be available in a few years. The oil was developed to have a unique combination of high oleic and low linolenic fatty acids, giving the oil positive health, performance and flavor attributes.
The unique fatty acid profile of Omega-9 Canola Oil features a high percentage (74%) of the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, oleic acid. It also contains zero trans fats and is the lowest in saturated fat among cooking oils, allowing the foodservice and food processing industries to reduce bad fats and increase good fats in food products. Visit the Health Benefits page to read more about the impacts healthy fats can have on human health.
Omega-9 Oils’ unique nutrition profile also contributes to its functionality. The low omega-3 fatty acid content reduces the amount of oxidation the oil undergoes, lending to natural stability for packaged and fried foods. This allows for longer fry life in restaurants and a greater shelf life in packaged foods without the use of added antioxidants and preservatives such as tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ). Its stability and versatility also mean it can be used in a variety of applications, including frying, par-frying, sprays, salad dressings, reduced saturated fat shortenings, margarines and spreads.
Finally, Omega-9 Canola Oil has a clean, light taste that doesn’t interfere with a food’s natural flavor. With taste as the No. 1 driver of food and beverage choices, this is an important quality for menu planners and food developers to consider.
While these oils aren’t found on the grocery store shelf, Omega-9 Oils are widely used in foodservice and in packaged foods. Be sure to visit the Omega-9 Oils website to learn more about how this canola oil could be a solution for your foodservice operation or packaged food company.