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Oils & Fats News April 2014

New Website Chris Newey of Foodworks has been revitalising our website. The address and login are as before and we will continue to add relevant information for the industry and academia. The new site is meant to be interactive and to encourage participation in discussions. We hope also to continue the fight against non-scientific myths which only serve to confuse the consumer. http://www.oilsfats.org.nz/ Modified Mediterranean Diet For many years now the benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet have been promoted with these benefits attributed to…

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Welcome to our new website …

Oils and fats Group 2014 Dear colleagues, Welcome to the new look website for the group. We are hoping to stimulate more interest in the field which encompasses more than just straight oils and fats. We are looking for current credible information on antioxidants, functional foods, nutrition updates and myth destruction. There is so much rubbish published on the web and in social media that one sometimes despairs about legitimate science messages getting through. Our role is to try and be a credible source of…

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Oils & Fats News January / February 2014

Conferences in 2014 105th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo May 4-7, 2014 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio, Texas. (The site of the Alamo). This looks to be of the normal high calibre of these meetings. annualMeeting.aocs.org Lipid section of the annual NZIFST conference Christchurch, July 1-3, 2014. There will be an oil and fats/lipids/antioxidants session at the conference. Any interest in presenting then please contact the secretary. www.nzifst.org.nz/conference.asp Veteran Lipid Researcher offers inspiration for the semi -retired! The researcher, Fred Kummerow, an…

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Oils and Fats News December 2013

USFDA bans trans fats The FDA in the US has announced that it intends to ban artificial trans-fatty acids from the nation’s food supply because the substances increase the risk of heart disease. They quoted their medical experts saying “there is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fat.” The AOCS, the American Oil Chemists Society known as “Your Global Oil and Fats Connection“ has worked for years to finesse and finalise the Official methods of analysis for these materials in food. The AOCS are…

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REVIEW: Lipid Oxidation (Challenges in Food Systems)

Lipid Oxidation (Challenges in Food Systems) Editors: Amy Logan, Uwe Nienaber, Xiangquing (Shawn) Pan AOCS press 2013 www.aocs.org List Price: $250.00 Member Price: $190.00 This 15-chapter, 500-page book with 35 editors and authors covers entirely new ground. Some of the authors are well-known and have years of experience in the field of oils and fats. However, more than a dozen new authors present fresh perspectives that are not covered in other books, published by AOCS and other publishers that cover lipid oxidation in full. Consequently,…

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Oils and Fats News August 2013

AGM and Mid Winter Dinner A convivial meeting was had by all 28 people who attended this year’s dinner at the Northern Club in Auckland. The current officials were again voted in and life goes on perhaps with a more modern and catchy title. Omega-3 and prostate cancer This recent Meta analysis has really put the cat amongst the pigeons with the poor authors being vilified and criticized.  Whatever happened to scientific democracy where one can publish a paper and have it open to fair…

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Oils and Fats News June 2013

AGM This year’s AGM and dinner will be held at the Northern Club on July 23rd. Those wanting to attend should just email the secretary and the official notice with payment details will go out in mid June. The price will be $50.00 including wine. More on Toxic Oil book Recently Reviewed by Dr. Peter Clifton, University of South Australia and Bill Shrapnel talking about the best-selling book on lipid nutrition  in which they say  the book has the power to influence the national diet…

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Oils and Fats News March 2013

Toxic Oil by David Gillespie This is a new book written by Australian author David Gillespie who blew the whistle on sugar and its ills. The author is a non-scientist but a lawyer and he has become a self appointed guardian of consumer nutrition. His new book is full of hyperbole and poorly researched facts; however there is a kernel of truth in his proposition. His premise is that polyunsaturated fats are killing us by causing cancer and atherosclerosis and that we should all revert…

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Oils & Fats News January 2013

WHEN did humans decide consuming whale food was a good idea? When it was reported that it was some sort of multi-vitamin cure-all that will reduce everything from blood pressure to cholesterol; help alleviate PMS or add muscle strength; improve cognitive function and brain health. Is there anything krill oil supplements can’t do? Now krill oil is growing in popularity, reportedly because it has similar benefits to fish oil but is even more effective. But is it really, and is fishing the Southern Ocean for…

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Oils and Fats News December 2012

Upper limit for omega-3 In July 2012, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion on the upper level for EPA and DHA long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids The decision came after a 2011 study by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) reported that high consumption of omega-3 fortified foods could exceed the 1.5g recommended daily intake of DHA and EPA. The EFSA panel noted: “At observed intake levels, consumption of omega-3 LC–PUFA has not been associated with adverse affects in healthy…

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