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Nutrition Bars Fortified With Fish Oil Are Shelf Stable And Have No “Fishy” Odor

September 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists at the University of Maine have developed oat- and soy-based nutrition bars fortified with fish oil that are not only shelf stable, they taste good and have no fishy odor. Fish oil is rich in nutritious omega-3 fatty acids. However, food companies have been reluctant to include fish oil in products because of the fishy smell. The researchers tested four levels of fish oil content – partially replacing canola oil – and found that the lowest (20 percent) replacement level delivered 178 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per 35 g serving. Moreover, “The fortified bars were oxidatively stable over 10 weeks and acceptable to consumers.”
Brianna H. Hughes et al., "Oxidative Stability and Consumer Acceptance of Fish Oil Fortified Nutrition Bars", Journal of Food Science, September 27, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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