Cognis Takes Health to Heart at 2008 IFT:The Cooking Cardiologist Whisks Up News Orleans Favorites with Heart Choice Natural Plant Sterols

June 29, 2008, New Orleans, La. – “Cook well with nutrition boosters like natural plant sterols and live long and healthy,” said “The Cooking Cardiologist®” as he whisked up New Orleans favorites at the Cognis booth during the IFT Food Expo. Dr. Richard Collins, a leading authority on preventive medicine and Director of Wellness at the South Denver Heart Center, educates patients on how to manage heart disease risks through changes in diet and lifestyle. Wearing his trademark “Whiskoscope” (a stethoscope with a cooking whisk at the end) around his neck, he demonstrated his heart healthy recipes featuring Cognis’ Heart Choice® naturally sourced plant sterols.

At the 2008 IFT Food Expo, The Cooking Cardiologist® also unveiled “Cooking with Heart,” the first national roll-out of his new book that is much more than a collection of tasty, low-fat recipes; each entry includes complete nutritional analyses and health tips. “Our mission is to win the fight against heart disease and I truly believe that is possible by cooking and eating delicious, satisfying foods that include plant sterols and omega-3s.” He explained that plant sterols block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine while omega-3s decrease triglyceride levels and make blood platelets less “sticky.” “Plant sterols in products like margarine spreads and cooking oils are a great way to use fats in recipes while at the same time reducing your cholesterol.” He added that “it is perfectly OK to consume plant sterols if you are taking statins to lower cholesterol.”

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends 2 grams of plant sterols per day to lower LDL cholesterol.

“As the global leader in sterols, we applaud Dr. Collins for his passion and creative ways of educating people nationwide on the compelling benefits of these heart health ingredients,” said Sharrann Simmons, Senior Marketing Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health. “His vision and focus on wellness mirror Cognis’ commitment to addressing the #1 consumer health issue: preventing and managing heart-related conditions.”

About Cognis’ Heart Health Ingredients:

Cognis is showcasing heart health at this year’s IFT, featuring food and beverage samples including Heart Choice® natural phytosterols, Omevital™ omega-3 fatty acids, and Covitol® natural vitamin E. All of the nutritional ingredients supplied by Cognis are naturally sourced from renewable resources that contribute to environmental sustainability.

Natural phytosterols are found in vegetables, fruits, vegetable oils, legumes, nuts, and grains. Studies show that LDL cholesterol can be reduced up to 15 percent through daily use of phytosterols. With the industry’s broadest portfolio of all natural, kosher, non-GM/IP certified phytosterols, the Vegapure® product line is ideal for a variety of functional food applications. Cognis’ Vegapure® ingredients meet the requirements of the FDA-approved health claim for phytosterols and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. With sterol production facilities in the United States, Germany and France, Cognis has the largest capacity of any supplier and has been producing sterols longer than any other manufacturer.

Cognis offers co-branded consumer marketing support under the Heart Choice® brand (, with extensive brand promotion in popular media outlets including WebMD.

Omevital™ Omega-3s contain the long-chain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, known to have a variety of heart health benefits. The ingredients are non-GMO and have GRAS status. Derived from high purity, salt water fish, Cognis exclusively uses sustainable sources to ensure adequate fish stocks and maintain environmental balance. Omevital™ Omega-3s’ superior sensory profile allow the ingredients to be easily formulated in a range of food and beverage applications without altering the taste or smell.

Covitol® natural vitamin E is a hallmark of Cognis’ ingredient portfolio. Cognis has been producing natural vitamin E longer than any other supplier and pioneered heart health research supporting this powerful antioxidant. Natural vitamin E is officially recognized as being twice as biologically active as the synthetic version.
For more information about Cognis’ heart health ingredients, visit or in North America, please call 800.673.3702 to place an order, e-mail [email protected], or fax 513.482.3576.

About Cognis:

Cognis ( is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 7,600 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The subsidiary Pulcra Chemicals offers specialized chemical products and process expertise to customers in the fiber, textile, and leather industries. Cognis also holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of oleochemicals.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2007, Cognis recorded sales of about 3.52 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 410 million euros.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.