Innovation

High Oleic Soybean Oil: A U.S. Soy Innovation

Since before Henry Ford used soy as a plastic component in the Ford Model T car, technological innovation has been at the backbone of the U.S. Soy Advantage. 

From enhanced seed varieties to precision farming technology, the U.S. Soy industry has a long history of innovation.

High oleic soybean varieties are one of the most recent achievements in U.S. soybean innovation. When it comes to high oleic soybeans, their performance advantages don’t stop at the farm. 

High oleic soybeans offer big benefits to many end users of soybean oil by producing a higher-functioning oil. Here’s who can benefit from using high oleic and how:

  • Restaurants and Food Service Companies

Since oil from high oleic soybeans can withstand most high-heat situations, restaurants can use high oleic soybean oil to fry foods without worrying about the oil breaking down and altering taste.

  • Supermarket Brands

High oleic soybean oil helps snack food companies add shelf life to their products.

  • Health-Conscious Consumers

With no trans fats1 and high amounts of monounsaturated “good” fat, high oleic soybean oil offers new options for snack food makers and fast food companies when it comes to choosing the right edible oil for their businesses.

  • Industrial Users

The heat stability of high oleic soybean oil also provides industrial users with an oil that remains stable in high-heat conditions, such as synthetic motor oils and automotive lubricants.

A New, Fast-Growing Opportunity

Projections indicate that high oleic planting in the United States could reach more than 7 million hectares in the future, which would make high oleic soybeans the fourth largest row crop in the U.S. 

Currently, the U.S. doesn’t export high oleic soybeans. However, high oleic traits have received global regulatory approval, nodding at potential demand abroad for this U.S. Soy innovation. 

Read more stories about U.S. Soy innovation here. 

Chris Krull
Chris Krull

Ag Communicator

St. Louis, MIssouri