Skip to comments.Unsaturated seed oil changed to saturated
Posted on 03/06/2007 2:52:34 PM PST by nypokerface
UPTON, N.Y., March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists have converted unsaturated oil from the seeds of a temperate plant into saturated oil usually found in tropical plants.
The researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory used genetic manipulation to modify the activity of the plant enzyme.
Brookhaven biochemist John Shanklin, the lead author of the study, said the development of new plant seed oils has several potential biotechnological applications.
He said the new tropical-like oil has properties more like margarine than do temperate oils, but without the trans fatty acids commonly found in margarine products. Furthermore, engineered oils could be used to produce feed stocks for industrial processes in place of those currently obtained from petrochemicals.
Shanklin also suggests the genetic manipulation might work in reverse, allowing scientists to engineer more heart-healthy food oils.
The research appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Is there nothing off limits to these bastard$? Leave the unsaturated seed oil alone!
When they figure out how to turn olive oil into lard they'll have done something constructive.
The little-known truth is, unsaturated fats are not good for us. The saturated plants, palm and coconut, are healthy.
"Shanklin also suggests the genetic manipulation might work in reverse, allowing scientists to engineer more heart-healthy food oils."
As if saturated oils/fats are bad for you by default. I eat all the saturated I can get my hands on. Genetically-manipulated I try to avoid, but how do we even know what is and what isn't?
Who cares what happens in your gut? It's your gut and no one else's. The gut nazis will soon see what's in your gut. Then the toilet nazis will see what you pass. Then the sewer nazis will bill you accordingly. And, then the nazis will check-----. Is that what we want? Obviously. No one will take a stand to stop this.
I'm sticking with butter, thanks.
All I know is that someone has messed with my Fritos and I can tell the difference.
Please cite something on this, I'd like to see it.
Unrelated: FYI on Omega-3 pork
PS - Love the screenname. Very few will get the fathomage of it.
I think you for got the /s? Mine should have been obvious. :o) But, as my culinary exploits will attest to, I seem to be a popular destination for supper clubs and dinner engagements. :o)
check out www.mercola.com/2001/mar/24/coconut_oil.htm
>>>The little-known truth is, unsaturated fats are not good for us.<<<
Huh? Olive Oil is high in mono-unsaturated fat.
If they want to impress me they could try to turn lawn clippings into gasoline.
Mono-unsaturates are preferable to poly-unsaturates, this is why olive oil is better than most other plant source oils, as most have high amounts of poly-unsaturates.