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Unsaturated seed oil changed to saturated
UPI ^ | 03/06/07

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.


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1 posted on 03/06/2007 2:52:35 PM PST by nypokerface
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To: nypokerface

Is there nothing off limits to these bastard$? Leave the unsaturated seed oil alone!


2 posted on 03/06/2007 2:56:39 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (When Can We expect a Movie about Milli Vanilli?)
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To: nypokerface

When they figure out how to turn olive oil into lard they'll have done something constructive.


3 posted on 03/06/2007 3:04:27 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: K4Harty

The little-known truth is, unsaturated fats are not good for us. The saturated plants, palm and coconut, are healthy.


4 posted on 03/06/2007 3:05:09 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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"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?


5 posted on 03/06/2007 3:05:56 PM PST by slowry
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To: K4Harty

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.


6 posted on 03/06/2007 3:06:14 PM PST by hkp123
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To: nypokerface
Mmmmm.

Coconut oil.

7 posted on 03/06/2007 3:06:26 PM PST by Dinsdale
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To: nypokerface

I'm sticking with butter, thanks.


8 posted on 03/06/2007 3:07:00 PM PST by Eepsy (The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: nypokerface

All I know is that someone has messed with my Fritos and I can tell the difference.


9 posted on 03/06/2007 3:07:38 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Rennes Templar

Please cite something on this, I'd like to see it.


10 posted on 03/06/2007 4:51:41 PM PST by amchugh
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To: nypokerface

Unrelated: FYI on Omega-3 pork
http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.asp?docID=531769
http://nationalhogfarmer.com/mag/farming_omega_pork_cites/


11 posted on 03/06/2007 4:54:58 PM PST by amchugh
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To: Rennes Templar
YOU cook with coconut oil then! ;o)

PS - Love the screenname. Very few will get the fathomage of it.

12 posted on 03/06/2007 6:19:09 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (When Can We expect a Movie about Milli Vanilli?)
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To: hkp123

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)


13 posted on 03/06/2007 6:23:17 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (When Can We expect a Movie about Milli Vanilli?)
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To: nypokerface
It's still ok to put regular peanut butter in my leaded coffee, right?

Hope so.

14 posted on 03/06/2007 6:34:55 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: amchugh

http://www.mercola.com/2002/aug/17/saturated_fat1.htm

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi69.html

http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm


15 posted on 03/07/2007 6:03:21 AM PST by slowry
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To: amchugh

www.mercola.com/2001/mar/24/coconut_oil.htm


16 posted on 03/08/2007 4:36:44 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: K4Harty

check out www.mercola.com/2001/mar/24/coconut_oil.htm

fathomage....good word


17 posted on 03/08/2007 4:38:24 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Rennes Templar

>>>The little-known truth is, unsaturated fats are not good for us.<<<

Huh? Olive Oil is high in mono-unsaturated fat.


18 posted on 03/08/2007 4:56:22 PM PST by PhilipFreneau (God deliver our nation from the disease of liberalism!)
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To: Rennes Templar
Followed the link, it's says coconut oil is SMART to cook with, didn't have a magic recipe for making it taste better. :o)
19 posted on 03/08/2007 7:25:08 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (When Can We expect a Movie about Milli Vanilli?)
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To: nypokerface
A waste of tax dollars. We already have many choices, saturated, unsaturated, trans-fat.

If they want to impress me they could try to turn lawn clippings into gasoline.

20 posted on 03/08/2007 7:29:21 PM PST by LibKill (RudycRAT is lying his way to power. Look at his record. He's 100% DemocRAT.)
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To: PhilipFreneau

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.


21 posted on 03/09/2007 6:45:31 AM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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