Trans-fat free foods spur soybean innovation

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration set to require food labels to include total trans-fat content by 2006, many food companies are abandoning hydrogenated soybean oil in favor of trans-fat free corn or canola oils. A reduction in soybean oil use may mean some farmers will suffer, but researchers are close to developing a low-linolenic soybean that will help cut the artery-clogging fat. Products that have already replaced trans-fat with other oils include Frito-Lay chips and Campbell Foods' Goldfish crackers.

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