Increased Omega-3 Soybean Oil
The first increased omega-3 soybean is in development. Omega-3 fatty acids are both essential and beneficial for human health, but cannot be manufactured by the body. They must be obtained from food.
The long chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found primarily in fatty fish and marine sources, are most readily used by the body. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the type of omega-3 found in soybean oil, is the principle source of omega-3 in the U.S. diet.1 However, ALA is not efficiently converted to EPA and DHA in the body. The increased omega-3 soybean is rich in stearidonic acid (SDA) omega-3 fatty acids. SDA omega-3s are more efficiently converted by the body into EPA, so increased-omega-3 soybeans are a land-based source of the beneficial fatty acids found in fish.
Increased omega-3 soybeans are a land-based source of the beneficial fatty acids found in fish.
The FDA approved the use of omega-3 soybean oil with SDA for use in food and beverages. Farmers will begin production of SDA omega-3 soybeans pending the approval of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and the potential to protect from risk of chronic diseases.2 Omega-3s are considered crucial for human health.