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Oils & Fats International Backgrounders

This new section features a selection of articles we have published in the past few years. The articles provide useful background information, particularly on feedstocks, and we will be adding to it regularly


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Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Posted January 01, 2015 from issue dated January 2015

Production of coconut oil is on the rise in the lauric oil powerhouses of Southeast Asia, as its purported health benefits have attracted global interest. OFI looks at the numerous uses of coconut and its oil and the worldwide market

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Coconut oil processing

Coconut oil processing

Posted June 04, 2018 from issue dated January 2017

The high content of medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil suggests it can be a unique ‘fat-burning’ functional oil. S P Kochhar looks at how processing can give coconut oil a longer shelf-life and better health aspects

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Commodity trading

Commodity trading

Posted October 09, 2017 from issue dated OFI May 2017

Commodity trading by buying and selling futures and options contracts at futures exchanges forms the lifeline of the oils and fats industry. But how exactly does it all work? 

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Cottonseed

Cottonseed

Posted October 31, 2013 from issue dated October/November 2013

Producing fibre, food and feed, cottonseed is a versatile crop and demand for its oil has boomed since New York banned trans fats from restaurants in 2006. OFI looks at its strengths and weaknesses in a health-conscious world

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CRISP/Gene editing

CRISP/Gene editing

Posted April 15, 2019 from issue dated OFI July/August 2018

New technologies, collectively called genome engineering, are unlocking new ways to improve oil crops while avoiding the stigma associated with traditional GMOs. Ile Kauppila explores their potential, limitations and regulatory issues

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Dairy fats

Dairy fats

Posted May 02, 2016 from issue dated May 2016

Although dairy contains saturated fats, recent evidence shows dairy foods may have benefits for heart health. Erica Hocking, Lydia Cooper and Anne Mullen from The Dairy Council and Dr Adam Lock, Michigan State University detail the nutrient composition of dairy and its relationship to cardiometabolic health

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