Pioneer® brand Plenish™ high oleic soybeans will benefit farmers, the food industry, and consumers. In addition to the strong agronomics growers demand, Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil offers the food industry high stability combined with a healthier oil profile.
Consumers will be able to enjoy the foods they've always loved with 0g trans fat.
Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil has 0g trans fat
Trans fat raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol, both factors in heart disease. In recent years some states and cities have moved to ban trans fat from menus and doctors and dietitians have campaigned to reduce the amount of trans fat in the North American diet. Trans fat is an unfortunate byproduct of hydrogenation, the process required to make certain oils more stable. Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil will provide stability without hydrogenation - and with 0g trans fat.
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Trans fat economics
Removing trans fat from their products is a challenge for the companies that make the cereals, cookies and crackers on your supermarket shelf and a challenge for the restaurants that serve you fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken and fried fish. Trans fat is produced when oils are hydrogenated. The process of hydrogenation is used to render oils more stable. These are critical economic considerations for our food providers. Plenish™ soybean oil is highly stable and contains 0g trans fat, 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil and is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, providing a healthier alternative to currently available oils.
A local solution
The search for a replacement for hydrogenated oil has led some companies to imported tropical oils, such as palm, which has 0g trans fat, but is higher in saturated fat. A soy-based trans fat solution is a local solution. There are currently more soybean acres cultivated in North America than any other oilseed crop, making high oleic soybean oils a reliable, local alternative with 0g trans fat.
More and more of our favorite foods contain biotech soybeans
As of 2011, 94 percent of all soybeans grown in the U.S. were a product of biotechnology, and many of the processed foods at supermarkets and foods prepared in restaurants contained oil from a biotech product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its review of Plenish™ high oleic soybeans in January 2009 and concurs with Pioneer that high oleic soybeans are not materially different in any respect relevant to food or feed safety compared to soybean varieties currently on the market. The FDA, EPA, and USDA have established a regulatory framework that provides methods for evaluating biotech crops. No other crops have been more studied or subject to greater regulatory review than biotech seeds. Pioneer is committed to only developing biotech crops that are at least as safe as their conventionally produced counterparts for both human food and animal feed using the best scientific knowledge available.
About Pioneer Hi-Bred
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont business, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics to farmers worldwide. We seek to increase customer productivity and profitability while developing sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer is a leader in the agriculture industry and upholds the highest standards. Headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, Pioneer provides services to customers in more than 90 countries.