TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's vegetable oil industry is making
it easier for Canadian families who desire a healthier lifestyle.
Whether preparing meals at home, dining out at a restaurant or grabbing
something on the go, new vegetable oil-based products are giving
Canadian families more healthy food options to choose from. And with so
many people on the go during the summer months it's important to know
how to find those healthier options, regardless of where you might be
"Innovations in Canada's vegetable oil industry are helping all
Canadians make healthier food choices, especially when it comes to
heart-health," says Sean McPhee, President of Vegetable Oil Industry of
Canada (VOIC). "One great example of this is the industry's response to
eliminating trans fats in the diet of Canadians." Trans fat is
directly related to a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease.
"Canada's vegetable oil industry has introduced many innovative
vegetable oil-based products that have virtually eliminated partially
hydrogenated vegetable oil products and their trans fats in Canada's food supply in only six years," said
"Today, virtually all of the soft margarines in Canada, made from
domestic vegetable oils such as canola and soybean, are trans fat free
and provide an important source of essential fatty acids - omega 3 and
omega 6 polyunsatured fatty acids. As well, these healthful margarines
are also used as ingredients in many food products. Additionally, a
recent innovation includes margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings
made with oil blends that include heart healthy olive oil, a source of
monounsatured fatty acids," said McPhee.
Many restaurants, from independent restaurants to fast food chains, have
eliminated trans fats and substantially reduced saturated fats by
switching to new, more heat-stable and heart-healthy cooking and frying
oils. "These oils would not have been possible without innovations by
Canada's seed industry, farmers and our domestic oilseed processing
industry," says McPhee.
"Today your french fries and fried chicken are trans fat-free and often
low in saturated fat thanks to new cooking oils made from vegetable
oils, from canola, sunflower or soybean plant varieties," says McPhee.
These new oils, which are higher in monounsaturated fats exhibit high
stability at high cooking temperatures, so they're great for frying.
Snacking foods such as potato chips, popcorn, or the many foods that you
find in the grocery store, have been reformulated with these same oils
to eliminate trans fats and substantially lower saturated fats as
well. At the same time, manufacturers have been able to maintain the
taste and texture that consumers have enjoyed for years.
Baked goods are also benefitting from product innovations in Canada's
vegetable oil industry. New reformulated products that include oils
from oilseed crops such as canola, sunflower or soybean, are blended
with palm oils to functionally replace characteristics of animal fats
or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil products so that croissants,
Danish pastries, cookies, and pie crusts can be trans fat free and
lower in saturated fat.
With immense strides being achieved in eliminating trans fats from the
Canadian diet, Canada's vegetable oil industry is focused on reducing
saturated fats that raise blood cholesterol which is a risk factor for
heart disease. "Last year, Health Canada approved a new health claim
submitted by the Vegetable Oil Industry of Canada advising consumers to
replace dietary sources of saturated fat with polyunsaturated and
monounsaturated fats from vegetable oil to lower cholesterol. Studies
have shown that a 1% drop in cholesterol can reduce an individual's
risk of heart disease by 2%. And, the effects of the replacement of
dietary saturated fatty acids with unsaturated fatty acids are both
fast acting and long lasting. In studies reviewed, benefits to
individuals in terms of reduced cardiovascular risk appear after just
two and a half weeks of dietary change."
"In the future consumers can expect to see more about this new health
claim feature as it finds its way onto the packaging of food products
on your grocery store shelf and in the nutrition information sections
of food companies' websites," says McPhee.
VOIC (VEGETABLE OIL INDUSTRY OF CANADA ) INC. - VOIC (INDUSTRIE DE
L'HUILE VÉGÉTALE DU CANADA) INC. is a national not-for-profit industry
group representing 70,000 oilseed growers across Canada , seed
developers, oilseed processors and suppliers of fats and oils to the
food industry, and makers of oilseed-based food products such as
margarine, shortenings, cooking oil, salad dressing, mayonnaise and
SOURCE: Vegetable Oil Industry of Canada
For further information:
Sean McPhee, VOIC (416-214-1232)