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Omega-9 Oils Says “Bye, Bye” to a Billion Pounds of Bad Fats

Going, going, gone…Omega-9 Oils from Dow AgroSciences have helped remove over one billion pounds of bad fats from the North American diet – more than 700 million pounds of trans fat and nearly 300 million pounds of saturated fat.

Trans fat hasn’t always been well known. Hydrogenation was developed in the 1890s to provide stability for food products, increasing shelf life and lending functionality, but produced a high level of trans fat in the process. By the 1980’s, hydrogenated oils represented over 65 percent of the total oil used by the food industry. In the 1990s, medical research confirmed that trans fats significantly increased risk factors for heart and other chronic diseases. In 2006 the FDA introduced new food labeling laws requiring that the trans fat content be included on food nutrition panels, causing the food industry to seek healthier alternatives.

With Americans averaging 11 percent of calories from saturated fat daily and an estimated 81.1 million American adults – more than 1 in 3 – having cardiovascular disease, switching to Omega-9 Oils provides a meaningful way to help reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

The Harvard School of Public Health found that eliminating trans fats from the U.S. food supply could prevent up to one in five heart attacks and related deaths – that’s a quarter of a million less instances each year in the United States alone.1 In 2006, New York became the first U.S. city to ban trans fat in restaurants, with states like California, and other cities such as Boston and Philadelphia following close behind. The trend continues today with proposed legislation to ban transfats in the state of Illinois.

As foodservice operators and food manufacturers searched for a healthier solution, their functionality needs did not change. Omega-9 Oils, made from Dow AgroSciences' NEXERA™ canola and sunflower seeds, maintain a light, clean taste with superior performance attributes and direct health benefits. Omega-9 Oils have the lowest saturated fat among zero trans fat oil alternatives and are uniquely high in heart-healthy monounsaturated (omega-9) fat. Since 2006, Omega-9 Oil has become the single largest solution in replacing the hydrogenated oils used by the food service industry. Dow AgroSciences has also created a successful commercial network with the leading oilseed processors in North America which handle over 80% of the total canola and sunflower crop.

Learn more about Omega-9 Oils, developed from the NEXERA™ seed, and their superior health, taste and performance benefits.

1 Mozaffarian D, Katan MB, Ascherio A, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. Trans fatty acids and cardiovascular disease. N Engl J Med. 2006 Apr 13;354(15):1601-13.