On Feb. 21, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would allow continued use of the health claim linking consumption of free plant sterols as well as sterol esters to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease until a final rule is issued.
Cargill's ingredient oil customers want heart-healthy solutions that protect their brand as consumer expectations expand and regulations tighten. That means cooking oils that not only have an excellent fatty acid profile (low saturated fat and no trans fat) but that boast a clean, appealing flavor without being cost-prohibitive.
Consumers are demanding great tasting foods to enlist in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women in America. Elevated blood cholesterol is a major risk factor in the development of heart disease.