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Nutrition Bars Fortified With Fish Oil Don’t Taste Fishy

In today’s fast-paced society, consumers often reach for nutrition bars when looking for a healthy on-the-go snack. A new study in the September issue of the published by the (IFT) found that partially replacing canola oil with in nutrition bars can provide the health benefits of omega-3 without affecting the taste.

Producers have been hesitant to incorporate fish oil into foods because it tends to give off a fishy taste or smell, therefore requiring additional processing steps to eliminate these unwanted qualities. In the study, four levels of fish oil were evaluated to determine of fish-oil fortified nutrition bars. The results showed that oat and soy-based with the lowest replacement level (20 percent) of fish oil did not affect or purchase intent.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are known to lower triglyceride levels and may help with rheumatoid arthritis.


Institute of Food Science & Technology