October 13, 2021
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India has limited allowable stockpiles of edible oils in an effort to ease high prices, and the stock price of palm oil producers jumped as the market for edible oils remains tight due to low supply and increasing biofuel demand. US soybean prices have also begun to rise again after dipping due to better-than-expected crop yields and decreased demand from China.
Full Story: Reuters (10/11),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/10),  MarketWatch (tiered subscription model) (10/6) 
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Swedish ingredients manufacturer AAK has introduced a range of fats designed to be used in caramels. Akomel is available in non-hydrogenated and low-saturated options.
Full Story: Food Business News (free registration) (9/30) 
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While soy continues to lead the plant-based protein market and pea proteins surge in popularity, formulators can choose from a variety of protein sources such as lupin beans, almonds and quinoa. "Sixty-five percent of US consumers in the study stated that they are looking for a good source of plant protein, so there definitely has been a shift in consumer perception of plant-based ingredients and proteins," said Ricardo Rodriguez, marketing manager, bakery and confectionery categories for Ingredion.
Full Story: Food Business News (free registration) (10/5) 
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Research News
A new meta-analysis, published in the journal Circulation, suggests that high doses of fish oil supplements may be associated with a greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation. "In this instance, the results suggest that there may not be a straightforward answer to, 'Is fish oil good or bad for atrial fibrillation?' but instead, the answer may depend on the dose," said Christine Albert, chair of the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (10/7) 
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Data from a mouse-model study, published in Nature, found toxic fatty acids produced by astrocytes may contribute to brain cell death. The findings may help provide a new target for treating and preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease and dementia, researchers said.
Full Story: ScienceDaily (10/6),  Daily Mail (London) (10/7) 
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Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science in India have developed a polymer made from nonedible vegetable oil and plant cellulose taken from stubble waste. "Instead of burning stubble, farmers could at least use it to earn money by extracting cellulose out of it first, to fit a strategy of waste-to-wealth," said Kaushik Chatterjee, an associate professor at the IISc's Department of Materials Engineering and Center for BioSystems Science and Engineering.
Full Story: Deccan Herald (India) (10/6) 
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From the Inform News Desk
New essential dietary lipids?
Odd-chain fatty acids from full-fat dairy and whole grains appear to have health benefits, but so far all of the evidence is based on animal studies and not clinical trials in humans. Are they the next omega-3, and should we start taking supplements? Learn more in the October feature article of INFORM magazine.
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Midweek mixer: Learn how and why to become a journal reviewer
Have you always wanted to be a peer reviewer, but are not sure you have what it takes or where to start? Dr. Silvana Martini, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, will give a behind-the-scenes look into the review process and how to get involved. Senior associate editors will be available to answer your questions. This mixer will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5). Register for free.
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