Omega-3 ingredient works in shelf-stable beverages

by Jeff Gelski
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AUSTIN, MINN. — New Eterna Omegasource beverage solutions are formulated to allow for the incorporation of omega-3 fatty acids into ambient, shelf-stable beverages, according to the Hormel Foods Specialty Products Division, Austin. Scientific demonstrations have shown the two kinds of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), used in the solutions have six-month stability in numerous shelf-stable, non-refrigerated and non-frozen beverage applications. The solutions also have been shown to work in refrigerated and frozen applications.

“As the demand grows for more foods and beverages fortified with omega-3 EPA plus DHA, our scientists continue to pursue new methods for incorporating these oils in ways that please customers,” said Chet Rao, sales and marketing manager for Hormel Foods Specialty Products. “Patent-pending and proprietary processes enable developers to expand beyond refrigerated and frozen items, which will be beneficial to developers and consumers alike.”

According to Hormel, three problems may arise when incorporating EPA and DHA into shelf-stable beverages: the oils may add an unwanted flavor profile, the oils have a tendency to oxidize and cause flavor instability, and the oils do not dissolve well into water-based beverages because the oils are non-polar.
Created through the combination of flavorless omega-3 EPA/DHA oils and patent-pending clear beverage technology, Eterna Omegasource solutions may solve all three problems, according to Hormel. The technology reduces oil properties and increases water properties for the EPA/DHA oils to make the beverage solutions clear. By increasing the water properties of the EPA/DHA oils, the product becomes more water soluble and less visible.

Eterna Omegasource solutions join the line of Eterna brand omega-3 fish oils (EPA and DHA) that was launched in 2007.

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