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Nutrition Bars Fortified With Fish Oil Don’t Taste Fishy

In today’s fast-paced society, consumers often reach for when looking for a healthy on-the-go snack. A new study in the September issue of the published by the Institute of Food Technologists (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 consumer acceptance 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