Sponsored by United Soybean Board

As the most common edible oil used in the United States, soybean oil has found its way into numerous products because of its neutral flavor, excellent performance, and healthy fat profile. For years, consumers’ interests in healthy foods and lifestyle continue to rise, reaching nearly half of consumers across the six major world markets this year. With high-oleic soybean oil, the soy industry has been able to keep up with consumer and food executives’ demands without sacrificing the benefits that make soybean oil the oil of choice for so many. And now, SOYLEIC® is the newest generation of high oleic soybean oil that meets another consumer demand: non-GMO.

According to the International Food Information Council’s 2021 Food & Health Survey, nearly half (46%) of all Americans consider themselves to be “clean eaters,” which includes choosing non-GMO foods. For food manufacturers and retailers, this kind of specific consumer demand can be difficult to meet while preserving a product’s taste and texture as adopting new ingredients to solve such a challenge can often have unintended product impacts. However, SOYLEIC® is a non-GMO, high oleic soybean oil that delivers the quality and performance soybean oil is known for, with the health and consumer choice demands that continue to impact food purchases.

A functional oil with numerous benefits

High oleic soybean oil is the answer for food brands that want to use soybean oil but are faced with bans and regulations around trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils. High oleic soybean oil does not need to undergo the hydrogenation process, which removes essential fatty acids and converts some of the oil to trans fatty acids. These trans fatty acids have been shown to increase some health risks.

High oleic soybean oil is a highly stable oil that can be used at high temperatures with lower absorption rates. This makes it ideal for frying foods. With SOYLEIC®, food manufacturers can obtain the highest oleic fatty acid content available, which results in a longer fry life and the greatest stability.

Fatty Acid Profiles of Soybean Oils

Oleic

(monounsaturated)

Linoleic

(polyunsaturated)

Linolenic

(polyunsaturated)

Saturates

(palmitic & stearic)

Vestive Gold® HOSO1 6 72 16 3
Plenish® HOSO1 12 75 8 2
SOYLEIC® HOSO2 <12 >75 8 3
Commodity Soybean Oil1 15 23 54 8
  1. USSEC High Oleic Soy Sourcing Guide, Page 10
  2. Quality of the U.S. Soybean Crop: 2020, University of Minnesota

High oleic soybean oil is recognized by the US Food & Drug Administration as heart-healthy and may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Further, it also has lower saturated fat and three times the amount of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids compared to conventional vegetable oils, which may contribute to lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health.  Studies have shown that replacing saturated fat with high oleic fat may have a beneficial impact on cholesterol as well.

SOYLEIC® soybeans were not created through gene editing or genetic engineering. Instead, a unique trait in a field of high oleic soybeans was discovered and conventionally bred into different varieties. This makes SOYLEIC® a non-GMO option for high oleic soybeans. While a number of scientific studies have concluded that GMOs are safe for food use and consumption, there is no denying that some consumers prefer non-GMO food. SOYLEIC® gives food manufacturers and retailers an option to meet that consumer preference head on.

SOYLEIC® and sustainability

Food manufacturers and retailers are also facing another growing customer demand: sustainability. Whether using recycled or recyclable packaging, using ingredients grown in an environmentally responsible way, or ensuring that food workers are treated well, 65% of consumers are looking for products to help them live a more sustainable life. 

SOYLEIC® is made from U.S. grown soybeans. American farmers have advanced sustainability practices over the past 40 years, reducing the energy it takes to raise a bushel of soybeans by 35%. Precision agriculture helps to apply fertilizer only where it is needed; minimizing tillage helps add organic matter to the soil; and protecting small acreages for wildlife and native plants adds to the biodiversity of U.S. farms. 

Another differentiator for SOYLEIC® soybeans, specifically, is that because they are a non-GMO high oleic soybean, they must be kept separate from commodity soybeans in order to ensure the resulting oil is non-GMO and delivers the benefits of the high oleic profile. This means that SOYLEIC® oil can be traced back to the individual farms that grow these specific soybeans, providing food manufactures and retailers with a transparent, full traceable farm to fork story.

The soybean oil for the future of food

Food demands are changing, and will continue to change well into the future. The soybean industry is poised to stay ahead of those consumer demands with SOYLEIC®, helping food manufacturers and retailers create delicious, healthy, and sustainable products. High oleic soybean oil is leading the way with high functionality while producing zero trans fats.

Soybean oil from SOYLEIC® soybeans is the result of years of conventional soybean breeding and innovation – a perfect example of the intersection of food science and agriculture technology. So as the world continues to rely on food leaders for healthy and sustainable food choices, SOYLEIC® is ready to deliver. Visit soyleic.com to request a sample of SOYLEIC® non-GMO high oleic soybean oil to test in your kitchens today.

Sponsored by United Soybean Board