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News From the Food and Drug Administration
January 1/8, 2019

Oleic Acid Can Make Heart Claim Without Hard Evidence

JAMA. 2019;321(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19747

Although the evidence isn’t conclusive, some products such as cooking oils that contain high oleic acid levels will be able to claim that they may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that in some studies has demonstrated cardiovascular benefits when it replaces heart-damaging saturated fat. In response to a 2016 petition submitted on behalf of the Dutch food and biochemicals company Corbion Biotech Inc, the FDA will allow a qualified health claim on certain oleic acid–containing products.

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