Icelandic company launch omega-3 enriched lean products

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Tasty lean fish product with health properties of fatty fish

Published: 05.09.2016
In August 2016 the Icelandic food company Grimur Kokkur launched the first lean fish and vegetarian products having the properties of fatty fish by using "Our Heart and Health Concepts" oil blend as an ingredient.

The Icelandic food products were developed in cooperation with the Icelandic research organisation Matis, and documented through both Nordic- (Ref. 1) and EU funded projects.
The scientific panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published in 2012 its scientific opinion regarding the safety of daily Omega-3 intake (Ref. 2): 
 

At observed intake levels up to about
5 g/d, consumption of marine omega-3
(EPA + DHA) has not been associated
with adverse effects in healthy
children or adults.


Studies included in the opinion report were;
 

Lipid peroxidation
Supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA consumed combined to doses up to about 5 g/d, do not induce changes in lipid peroxidation, which might raise concern in relation to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk as long as the oxidative stability of these marine omega-3 (EPA + DHA) is guaranteed.
 

Bleeding
Long-term supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA combined up to about 5 g/d do not increase the risk of spontaneous bleeding episodes or bleeding complications even in subjects at high risk of bleeding (e.g. taking acetylsalicylic acid or anti-coagulants).


Glucose homeostasis
Supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA combined to doses up to 5 g/d do not significantly affect glucose homeostasis in healthy or diabetic subjects.


Immune function
Supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA combined to doses up to 5 g/d do not induce changes in immune functions, which might raise concern in relation to the risk of infections or inappropriate activation of inflammatory responses.


References

  1. Emilía Martinsdóttir, Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir, Kyösti Pennanen, Raija-Liisa Heiniö, February  2014. Convenience Seafood Products. Nordic Innovation Publication 2014
  2. The scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific panel, EFSA Journal 2012;10(7):2815. 
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Grimur Kokkur and Matis development team
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