MU Researchers Discover Healthier Soybean Oil
COLUMBIA- A team of researchers from the University of Missouri has created a soybean which produces oil that is naturally low in trans and saturated fats. The team of researchers, led by Kristin Bilyeu and Grover Shannon, has been working on developing the soybean for two years. Team members hope to release the beans to farmers within the next few years.
Once the soybean is able to grow, people will be able to purchase products that are low in saturated and trans fat.
Bilyeu said, "I think the oil will show up in their foods as a better component and better ingredient that food companies can choose over maybe an oil that's higher in saturated fat or an oil that contains trans fats. This oil is much more similar to olive oil."
Also, researchers said that the newly-developed soybean oil can also be used to improve engine performance in cold weather when used as part of biodiesel.
Bilyeu said, "The soybean that we made has oil in it that will cost the same to produce as regular soybean oil. But ours has more health benefits. We like to think of it as a substitute for oils that are currently available."
Soybean research is most common in the state of Missouri, but is being done all over the United States.