Israeli company Enzymotec has launched an ingredient derived from healthy fats for use in food applications.
MultOil is based on natural oils enriched with phytosterols and DAG, both thought to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The product combines 25 per cent phytosterol-ester (PS-E) and 15 per cent diglycerides (DAG). The US Food and Drug Administration has recognised these oils as GRAS and products containing PS-E are allowed to be labelled in the US as reducing the risk for coronary heart disease.
MultOil is produced using a patented process called AMIET, developed by Enzymotec to modify enzymes. The company says the technology enables regular enzymes to perform in a non-aqueous media, with high activity and recycleability without losing their specificity or selectivity. The ingredient can therefore be used in liquid oils, spreads and sauces.
"MultOil enables oil producers to introduce trans fat free oil to the functional market, based on advance technology," said Dr Ariel Katz, Enzymotec CEO. "Furthermore, it offers new opportunities to oil producers to strengthen their market position."
MultOil is designed for use either as a substitute to cooking oil or as an ingredient in functional food formulations such as spreads or salad dressings. It can also be used in liquid and semi-liquid forms, adding a competitive edge to producers of salad dressings and mayonnaise, products that currently still have an unhealthy image, suggests the company.
All the ingredients in MultOil are Kosher certified and produced from non-GMO ingredients.