Food Processors Welcome A Gush of Omega Oils

Market reports and news at the IFT expo show a flood of interest in omega-3 oils.

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief, and Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor

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Eterna Omegasource is available in oil or value-added emulsions, which are cold water-soluble and do not require additional thickening agents. As with omega-3 EPA/DHA, vitamin D stability is an issue, especially when exposed to light. So Hormel uses proprietary technologies to stabilize and protect the ingredients, allowing for easier emulsion in water-based drinks such as sports drinks, energy drinks, smoothies and fruit juices.

Cognis USA offers the Omevital Omega-3 portfolio of omega-3 fatty acids, which can be used in both functional foods and dietary supplements to deliver DHA and EPA. Available in oil and encapsulated powder for formulation ease, Omevital Omega-3 is sourced from sustainable biomarine species in Norway, ultra-refined in accordance with Pharma GMP standards, is Kosher certified and contains up to 60 percent combined EPA/DHA long chain fatty acids in ethyl ester and triglyceride forms.

Not all omega oils end in a 3, Dow AgroSciences reminds us. The Indianapolis-based Dow unit promoted its Omega-9 Oils to address the need for healthier ingredients in baked goods, snacks and packaged foods. Derived from the same Omega-9 Canola Oil used by the foodservice industry, Dow AgroSciences offers customized oil, spray oil, and shortening applications for the packaged goods industry. Ideal for food manufacturers looking to eliminate trans fat and reduce saturated fat, these solutions can improve nutrition labels and achieve these statements: zero trans fat, Low (or significant reduction in) saturated fat, or High heart-healthy monounsaturated (omega-9) fat. Omega-9 Oils Ingredient Solutions, such as Omega-9 shortening, maintain the functional qualities such as flavour, shelf life, texture and mouthfeel. And because the shortening is naturally stable, it can provide equal or longer shelf life to products containing traditional, high saturated fat shortenings. All this without the use of antioxidants.

Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. acquired exclusive global marketing and distribution rights (in the omega-3 space) to GAT Food Essentials' omega-3 microencapsulation-emulsion technology, including GAT's patented "wowCAPS" technology. Ocean Nutrition also gets GAT's existing, global omega-3 customer base, which includes companies in North and South America, Australia and Europe. GAT had more than 40 applications from milk to baby food, from cooking oil to peanut butter and from bread to cookies.

While most vendors focused on EPA and omega oil's link to heart health, Martek Biosciences Corp. focused on DHA and its connection to memory and mental skills. Martek sponsored a study, reported in a recent edition of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, that showed that healthy adults 55 years of age taking 900mg of DHA derived from algae demonstrated enhanced memory and learning skills compared to those taking a placebo. Martek's Life'sDHA comes from algae.

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