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teschmidt Posted - 01/07/2007 : 8:07:56 PM
I was looking at the ingredients of a box of wheat crackers. Instead of the usual "hydrogenated oil" or "partially hydrogenated oil" in the ingredients, it listed "interesterified oil."

I have no idea what this is and if it is healthy. Does anyone else knowledge of this term. I would surely appreciate being educated.

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shel7435 Posted - 03/13/2007 : 9:18:42 PM
Sounds like they caught on that people are looking at labels more and rejecting anything hydrogenated and so they want to rename it and trick people. I think all those foods should have a little warning label on them!

Mmm, broccoli...again.
nancywalker Posted - 03/13/2007 : 4:33:15 PM
Interesterified fats are oils, such as soybean oil, that have been chemically modified. This is done in order to make them more solid, less liable to go rancid and more stable for applications such as deep frying. Recent research has shown that interesterified fats may be even worse for us than trans-fats. Nutrition and Metabolism reported in its January 2007 issue that after only 4 weeks, interesterified fats not only adversely affected HDL and LDL, they also lowered blood insulin levels by 22% and raised fasting glucose levels by as much as 20%. With results like these, the health implications surrounding interesterified fats seem sobering.

Nancy Walker
Healthy Eating, Vibrant Living!
Suzy Posted - 01/11/2007 : 2:40:56 PM
I haven't run across this term yet on labels, but it sounds to me just a way to be able to use hydrogenated and partially hyrodgenated oils and we that eat the products will feel safe about doing it.

teschmidt Posted - 01/07/2007 : 11:58:35 PM
This is what I found so far:


The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the term “interesterified soybean oil” on product labels of Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s (ADM) products containing Novalipids™ oils and shortenings, according to INFORM report. After requesting clarification from the FDA regarding the appropriate labeling description of enzymatically interesterified oils and shortening, ADM was advised that interesterified fats containing a stearate content of greater than 20% may be properly labeled as “interesterified soybean oil,” with the possible additional descriptor of “high in stearic acid” or “stearate rich.”

This designation for ADM’s interesterified ingredients will allow customers to replace the term “hydrogenated”, which is perceived increasingly by consumers as being unhealthy, with the term “interesterified” when describing these ingredient declaration. ADM’s interesterified fats are produced from fully hydrogenated soybean oil, which is then interesterified with conventional soybean oil to produce a product without the trans fatty acid content of partially hydrogenated fats.

Still doesn't sound very healthy. Does anyone understand this fully?!..I hate it when they try to trick the consumer :o( Community © 2000-06 Snitz Communications Go To Top Of Page
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