Over the past several years, some of our favorite fried and baked foods have been taking some heat – and not from the fryer. Many of these foods are still made with traditional cooking oils, which can contain high amounts of trans fats and saturated fats. With recent recommendations calling for people to reduce the amount of trans and saturated fats in their diets, many consumers have dramatically reduced consumption of fried and baked foods.
In fact, in November 2013, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) made a preliminary determination that, because of the presence of trans fat, partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe.” If this determination is finalized, many foods sold in the country will no longer contain trans fat added through hydrogenation, a process used to increase shelf life and give food the desired taste and texture.
The growing concern over trans fat doesn’t mean the end for fried food, however. Years ago, Monsanto worked with several food companies, asking them what they would like to see in a soybean oil. After multiple years of research, development and testing, the resulting Vistive® Gold soybeans are expected to be commercially available in 2015, pending key import approvals.
Monsanto developed Vistive Gold soybeans to help enable the production of soybean oil without the introduction of trans fat through hydrogenation. Oil from Vistive Gold soybeans also has significantly reduced saturated fats when compared to other cooking oils. For example, oil produced from Vistive Gold soybeans has:
- 85 percent less saturated fat than palm oil;
- 70 percent less saturated fat than fry shortening;
- 60 percent less saturated fat than conventional soybean oil; and
- 50 percent less saturated fat than a competitive high-oleic soybean.
For people who choose to consume fried foods, you will be able to feel a little better about your choice. Vistive Gold delivers an innovative oil option that also provides the same great taste and texture that people expect from traditional oils. And Vistive Gold lasts just as long as traditional oil, which helps food companies to minimize waste.
Vistive Gold is one of the latest examples of Monsanto’s commitment to enabling production of safe and nutritious food in a sustainable manner.
Vistive Gold soybeans take farmers and the food industry one step further:
- For Farmers: Along with SDA Omega-3 soybeans, Vistive® Gold soybeans represent one of the first biotech products that enable farmers to help bring nutrition benefits to consumers – while growing a high-yielding soybean.
- For the Food Industry: A solution to cost-effectively reduce trans fats and saturated fat content in foods without sacrificing flavor quality.
- For Consumers: A better oil option that also provides the same great taste and texture that people expect from traditional oils.
Learn more about Vistive Gold benefits in the video at the bottom of this page, and see what nutritionists, dietitians and farmers are saying about the new soybean.
Vistive Gold also has many industrial benefits that are more environmentally friendly compared to petroleum-based products. Vistive Gold soybeans can be used to provide a renewable, non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based products. It has the potential to become a raw material for an entirely new class of bio-based synthetic oils that match or exceed the performance characteristics of the highest quality petroleum-based oils currently used in the automotive and industrial lubricant sectors.
To learn more about Vistive Gold industrial uses, please visit VistiveGold.com.
Industry Collaborates for Farmer Benefit
High oleic soybeans offer U.S. soybean farmers an opportunity to regain lost food-oil demand and expand into new markets, creating strong, long-term profit potential. The soy industry’s goal is for high oleic soybeans to be planted on 25-30 percent of U.S. soybean acreage by 2023. The soy checkoff, Monsanto and other members of the soy value chain – from farmers to seed companies and processors – have committed to making this goal a reality. Help bring this innovation to life by growing high oleic soybeans. For more information about the high oleic soybean growth initiative, visit www.QUALISOY.com.