Bunge North America announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its petition for a qualified health claim linking soybean oil consumption to reduced risk of heart disease. Soybean oil is America’s most commonly used ingredient and top dietary source of polyunsaturated fats.
Heart health is the leading health concern among U.S. consumers when grocery shopping, according to industry analyst the Hartman Group. Fifty-five percent seek to reduce saturated fat in their diets, and almost 40 percent want to incorporate healthier polyunsaturated and monounsatured fats.
Bunge independently filed a petition with the FDA that included a summary of recent major clinical studies showing the potential benefits of soybean oil to heart health based on its demonstrated positive effect on cholesterol levels and its high concentration of polyunsaturated Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids versus other oils and fats. Companies can now communicate that soybean oil may reduce heart disease risk and lower LDL-cholesterol when replacing saturated fat and not increasing calories.
“Bunge is committed to enhancing the value of America’s most accessible food oil,” said Dr. Mark Stavro, senior director of marketing, Bunge North America. “The FDA’s decision provides opportunities for food companies to develop more heart healthy products, for consumers looking to improve their heart health and for soybean farmers who thrive when demand for their crop increases.”
The U.S. is the world’s leading soybean producer, accounting for 33 percent of global production. Bunge is a leading soybean oil producer globally and works closely with soybean farmers in the U.S. and other regions to turn their harvests into oils that are foundational in so many foods people eat every day.
“We take great pride in the trusted relationships we have with our farmer-customers and work hard to develop new markets for their crops,” said Timothy Gallagher, executive vice president, oilseed value chain, Bunge North America. “By promoting soybean oil’s heart health benefits, we are helping to drive demand for a high quality product that can benefit the full soybean value chain.”
Through a versatile portfolio and powerful supply chain, Bunge provides global access to soybean oil and its heart health benefits. In the U.S., Bunge offers traditional soybean oil, as well as expeller-pressed, non-GMO and organic varieties through its Bunge and Whole Harvest brands.
For more information (including the full text of the claim), visit www.bungecreativesolutions.com/hearthealth.
Through a versatile portfolio and powerful supply chain, Bunge provides global access
to soybean oil and its heart health benefits. In the U.S., Bunge offers traditional soybean oil,
expeller-pressed, non-GMO and organic varieties through its Bunge and Whole Harvest brands.