Cooking Cardiologist to Headline Cognis Heart Health Focus at IFT

May 5, 2008, La Grange, IL – Richard Collins, MD, nationally recognized as “The Cooking Cardiologist®,” will educate and entertain by demonstrating his heart healthy recipes featuring Heart Choice® naturally sourced plant sterols at the Cognis Nutrition & Health booth #2721 during the upcoming IFT annual meeting and food expo in New Orleans on Monday, June 30.

Dr. Collins, a leading authority on preventive medicine, is Director of Wellness at the South Denver Heart Center. A popular chef on television, he brings his legendary cooking creativity to IFT where he’ll demonstrate how plant sterols can make delicious recipes heart healthy by reducing cholesterol levels. Cognis is offering 300 free copies of his book, “Cooking with Heart” which Dr. Collins will autograph. The book is much more than a collection of tasty, low-fat recipes; each entry includes complete nutritional analyses and health tips.

Heart Choice® naturally sourced phytosterols can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle and an overall cholesterol management program. Phytosterols function to reduce both total and LDL cholesterol (i.e. “bad cholesterol”) and are compatible and synergistic with statin drug therapy.

Monday, June 30

Cooking demos: 11 to 11:30 am; 2 to 2:30 pm

Book-signings: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; 2:30 to 3:30 pm

As the world’s largest producer of natural phytosterols, Cognis is putting the spotlight on heart health at this year’s IFT. Foods and beverage samples will feature Cognis’ ingredients including Heart Choice® natural phytosterols, Tonalin® CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), Omevital™

omega-3 fatty acids, Xangold® lutein esters, and Covitol® vitamin E. All of the nutritional ingredients supplied by Cognis are naturally sourced from renewable resources.

Cognis will also highlight its broad line of natural ingredients targeting the hot topic of “Beauty from Within”. Launched under its successful NEWtrition™ campaign, Cognis has now developed a series of concepts to help customers create foods and beverages that reduce stress, protect skin, and enhance healthy aging. Ingredients supporting these concepts include Betatene® natural mixed carotenoids, Xangold® natural lutein esters, Omevital® omega-3 fatty acids, and Covitol® natural-source vitamin E.

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, 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.


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