Several factors are contributing to the change in the dietary fats and oils landscape. This includes a growing recognition that certain fats and oils can have positive health contributions.
Healthy oils and fats are trending, and the food industry might be better for it. For more than 30 years, there has been unrelenting advice from dietary guidelines to cut fat and saturated fat from the diet. But such notions have soured over time and mindsets are changing. Several factors are contributing to the change in the dietary fats and oils landscape.
The biggest among them is the growing tendency to place less blame on dietary fats and oils for health woes and a growing recognition that certain fats and oils can have positive health contributions. Related to this, there is a much greater awareness that people eat real foods and ingredients, not the nutritional constituents that are listed on the Nutrition Facts panel.
Simultaneously, the food industry is witnessing greater availability of select plant-derived oils and narratives espousing naturalness and healthfulness that are piquing consumer interest. TI1e demand for clean, simple and “pantry-friendly” ingredients coming from the food market is also playing a role, as is the desire to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to seek out organic foods. A trend within the food market not to be overlooked is a rediscovered respect for the importance of taste.
The full article is published in The World of Food Ingredients and written by Maartje Geraedts.
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