MINNEAPOLIS – Nutrition Business Journal recently announced that Cargill has received the 2004 Nutrition Business Journal Product Merit Award for its CoroWise™ Naturally Sourced Cholesterol Reducer™ brand of plant sterols. CoroWise™ plant sterols earned the distinction because they were the foundation for the launches of several recent, high profile, mainstream functional food products, including Nature Valley(R) Healthy Heart Chewy granola bars.
“We are honored to have CoroWise™ Naturally Sourced Cholesterol Reducer™ brand of plant sterols recognized in the industry as a leader in the functional ingredient market. CoroWise™ plant sterols enable leading manufacturers to develop great-tasting, heart healthy products, making it easy for people to find delicious, convenient foods and beverages that help them reduce cholesterol,” said Ted Ziemann, president, Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT).
Plant sterols have been investigated in scores of human clinical studies with no adverse effects. The overall beneficial effect observed in these studies has been an average "bad" (LDL) cholesterol decline of 8 to 15 percent. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), foods that contain at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols, (consumed twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams and as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol), may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT), based in Minneapolis, is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, healthy ingredients for food and dietary supplements worldwide. Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 124,000 employees in 59 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. For more information, visit http://www.cargillhft.com or http://www.cargill.com.