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Americas: Cargill launches oil blend rich in DHA, EPA for heart and brain health

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Cargill has launched IngreVita, which is a blend of high oleic canola oil, fish oil and proprietary antioxidants, delivers long-chain omega-3s (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] and eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA]), essential nutrients for heart health and brain development.

“Consumers tell us they are looking for added nutrition in the foods they buy, and there is a growing awareness of the benefits of omega-3s,” said Kristine Sanschagrin, marketing manager of specialty seeds and oil Cargill.

Besides the handling of the product that is similar to canola oil, it offers shelf stability and does not introduce off-flavors.

EPA and DHA are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that human bodies do not efficiently make.

Cargill says the average consumption of EPA and DHA in the US is below the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 250-500 mg per day.

For the general population, increased consumption of EPA and DHA through functional foods, as part of a balanced diet, could help to support health and wellness.