Positive results from SDA omega-3 soybean oil trials

Elaine Watson|FoodNavigatorUSA

Manufacturers of everything from nutrition bars to salad dressings, pasta sauces and margarine are seeing encouraging results using soybean oil developed by Monsanto and Solae rich in the omega-3 fatty acid SDA (stearidonic acid).

Soymega, which the partners predict will be available next year pending regulatory approvals, is being promoted as a cost-effective means of adding omega-3s to food without the flavor, stability and shelf-life issues associated with fish oil or the nutritional shortcomings of ALA, an omega-3 from plants our bodies are not very good at converting into the more beneficial omega-3s EPA and DHA.

Speaking to FoodNavigator-USA.com at the IFT show this week, Solae‘s global marketing and strategy chief Michele Fite said: “We’re waiting for regulatory approval, but in the meantime, we’ve got customers working in a very broad range of products from ready-to-drink milk drinks and juices to muffins and cookies. We’ll be able to get commercial quantities to customers in 2012 so we’re expecting the first products could hit shelves sometime in 2012.”

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