Trans fat-free oils

In search of alternative oils

Food manufacturers soon may need to find alternatives to partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (P.H.O.s), as the Food and Drug Administration moves to remove artificial trans fat from processed foods. Partial hydrogenation brings about artificial trans fat in food products. According to the F.D.A., consuming trans fat raises low-density lipoprotein (L.D.L.) or “bad” cholesterol, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

Food companies have several alternative oils to choose from when they start experimenting to eliminate P.H.O.s. Oils sourced from canola, palm, soybean and sunflower are options, as are oil blends.


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