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Fixin' Healthcare

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Solutions And Problems

Interesting article by Steven Gray in today's Wall Street Journal reporting on the development of a soy bean low in linolenic acid. Seems the food industry looks upon the beans as a way of avoiding trans-fat while retaining the other qualities of soybean oil.

Lenolenic acid is highly polyunsaturated, which makes it susceptible over time to being oxidized and becoming rancid. Treating with hydrogen avoids this but the process creates trans-fatty acid. A soybean low in lenolenic acid helps to solve the problem.

Alpha-lenolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease, amomg other things. Solving one problem creates another, but such is life in these times.

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