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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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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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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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Deep fat frying

Deep fat frying

Posted June 01, 2015 from issue dated June 2015

Fried food is popular in nearly all cultures across the world due to its quick cooking speed and the taste of the final product. Although it appears simple, deep fat frying is a complex process and many factors need to be taken into account to protect flavour and ensure health concerns are addressed as far as possible

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Encapsulation

Encapsulation

Posted March 01, 2013 from issue dated March 2013

The food industry is interested in incorporating bioactive ingredients in their products. These ingredients need to be protected from degradation and undesirable interactions with food components, and cannot usually be added directly to food without compromising food quality. Nano- and micro-encapsulation offer solutions to these problems

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Enzymes in palm oil production

Enzymes in palm oil production

Posted July 10, 2018 from issue dated OFI May 2018

Enzymes – nature's catalysts – can help increase oil extraction yields in palm oil production for low capital investment. This backgrounder explains what enzymes are, how they work, and how the palm oil industry can benefit from them

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Essential oils

Essential oils

Posted February 19, 2018 from issue dated OFI September/October 2017

The essential oils market is expected to experience a major upturn due to demand from new applications. OFI examines what essential oils are and what are their most common sources

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