Ingredient Round-Up: May 2008 - Omega-3 Oils

May 5, 2008
May's Ingredient round up features Omega-3 oils from Martek Biosciences Corp., Ocean Nutrition Canada and other ingredient companies.

Especially for dairy
Omevital 1812 TG Gold is an oil developed for dairy products, spreads and other fat-based applications. It contains an optimum ratio of the long-chain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, known to enhance overall vitality, while maintaining excellent stability. Typical use levels are 100-250mg per serving.  Every batch of every Omevital product is tested for more than 250 contaminants and impurities, exceeding the CRN monograph for purity by 75 percent.
Cognis Nutrition and Health; LaGrange, Ill.

Focus on DHA
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the only omega-3 that supports brain, eye and heart health throughout all stages of life, according to the vendor, and consumers who are aware of the health benefits associated with DHA omega-3 are willing to pay extra for it. After just five years on the market, premium priced infant formula fortified with Life’sDHA accounts for about 97 percent of all infant formula sales in the U.S., the vendor claims. Life’sDHA will not impact the taste of the finished product, comes from an all-natural vegetarian source (algae) and, as a result, is eco-friendly and sustainable, and can be seamlessly added to the manufacturing process. It’s also Kosher, Halal, non-GMO and acceptable for use in organic products.
Martek Biosciences Corp.; Columbia, Md.

Concentrated powder
Using the company’s patented micro-encapsulation technology, highly concentrated omega-3 powders have been turned into Meg-3 powder. It’s been successfully incorporated into a wide range of food products including baked goods, milk, yogurt, juice, nutrition bars, and confectionary products. Meg-3 enables you to provide consumers with value-added nutrition, great taste, proven health benefits and the convenience of a healthy food – all without the taste or smell of fish
Ocean Nutrition Canada; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

New source: Salvia
An innovative new source of omega-3 fatty acids outperforms traditional omega-3 oils, the vendor claims, by providing improved flavor and shelf stability in heat-treated dairy, beverage and savory applications. Alina is a patented plant source of omega-3 fatty acids from Salvia seed that has a more neutral flavor profile, which allows for fortification without negative taste or texture impact. It is easy to use and offers greater stability than traditional omega-3s in baked goods, bread, dairy, cereal and wide range of beverage products such as health drinks. It is also stable in pasteurization processes and baking. This product is odorless, neutral in flavor and allergen free making it ideal for children’s formulations.
Frutarom Ltd.; North Bergen, N.J.

Hormel enters the fray
Through a proprietary process, virtually all of the fishy odors and flavors of fish oils have been removed to create the Eterna brand of pure, tasteless and odorless omega-3 fish oils. This new product also provides oxidative stability. It meets the rapidly growing needs of the food industry for these consumer-recognized healthy oils while overcoming end-user concerns related to fishy-smelling odors, poor shelf life and off-flavors. Eterna products may be used in a wide range of foods and beverages.
Hormel Health Technology; Austin, Minn.

Coating for masking, shelf life
SuperCoat Omega 3 is a microencapsulated omega-3 fatty acid using the vendor’s Super Micro Atomization Retention Technology (SMART) process, which delivers specific nutrient function while masking unpleasant taste, odor or mouthfeel. The microencapsulation technology also increases stability and shelf life, protecting sensitive nutrients in extreme temperature and processing conditions. SuperCoat Omega 3 is protected from reactivity with other micronutrients and adverse pH environments, allowing for reduced overages. It comes as a dry powder that can be used in a range of bakery products and functional foods.
The Wright Group; Crowley, La.

Starch encapsulation
Despite all the health benefits being associated with omega-3 fatty acids, their marine and fish oil sources can be problematic for flavor. The vendor has taken omega-3 oils from Omega Protein and encapsulated them, which produces a clean, stable and flowable powder that can be used in breads, tortillas, wraps, nutrition bars and other baked goods without affecting the flavor of the finished product.
National Starch Food Innovation; Bridgewater, N.J.

Antioxidant for omega-3s
Fortium RPT40 liquid antioxidant was developed specifically for use in hard-to-stabilize matrices, such as fish oil and other applications containing omega-3 oils. This antioxidant blend -- based on a combination of rosemary extract, tocopherols and ascorbyl palmitate -- can be used to delay oxidation in marine oils and has proven to be effective at extending the shelf life of omega-3 applications. It enables food companies to protect their investment in omega-3 enriched products.
Kemin Food Ingredients; Des Moines, Iowa

Best of both worlds
Food manufacturers can now offer consumers the benefits of all three omega-3s – ALA from flaxseed, along with DHA and EPA from fish oil.  MeadowPure O3 Ultra is an encapsulation of fish oil by premium milled MeadowPure flaxseed. The very high antioxidant acid content of this flaxseed allows it to act as a natural stabilizer for the fish oil, which will otherwise be vulnerable to oxidative breakdown. With a shelf life of up to a year, this remarkable ingredient does not compromise the taste or smell of the food it is incorporated into.Pizzey’s Milling; Angusville, Manitoba

Omega-6 enriched safflower oil
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)-enriched safflower oil will be commercially available in late 2008. The oil contains unprecedented levels of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA, which can have significant anti-inflammatory effects and may help alleviate symptoms commonly associated with diabetes, eczema, inflammation, premenstrual syndrome and other ailments. GLA-enriched safflower oil packs two to four times as much GLA as borage or evening primrose oils, the two main sources of dietary GLA today.
Arcadia Biosciences; Davis, Calif.

High-purity oils
Oils with the PureMega logo are manufactured under a system of strict quality management that covers everything from oilseed procurement to finished product drumming in a high-purity environment. All oils manufactured in the plant are cold-pressed from non-GMO seeds without the use of any solvents. Production systems are designed to prevent contact of the freshly pressed oil with light and oxygen to avoid oxidation. In addition, all of the manufacturing and refining processes are Kosher and certified by Ecocert and OCIA as meeting organic standards of the European Union and USDA’s NOP.
Sanmark LLC; Greensboro, N.C.