Cognis Puts Spotlight on Heart Health at SupplySide West

Heart health takes center stage at this year’s SupplySide West as Cognis Nutrition & Health unveils new products and sponsors the show’s featured speaker, Richard Collins, MD, nationally known as “The Cooking Cardiologist®”, and a leading authority on preventive medicine. He is Director of Wellness at the South Denver Heart Center where he 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, Dr. Collins will discuss the importance of nutrition boosters like natural plant sterols and Omega-3 fatty acids.

His mission is to win the fight against heart disease by cooking and creating delicious, satisfying foods and he’ll share how he is helping to get Americans on the right track. From the military to the finest restaurants, from nutritionists to chefs, many are seeking his counsel to find ways to cook healthier without compromising taste. His new recipe book “Cooking with Heart” is much more than a collection of tasty, low-fat recipes; each entry includes complete nutritional analyses and health tips. In addition to sponsoring his presentation, Cognis invites attendees to get free, autographed copies of his book at Cognis booth 20025 on Oct. 23 from 10:15 am to noon. Featured Presentation: Thursday, Oct. 23, 9 am – 9:50 am, Marco Polo Room 706 -- Book-signing follows at Cognis booth 20025 from 10:15 am until noon.

Recently, Cognis announced that George Weston Bakeries, Inc. is launching new breads containing Heart Choice® natural plant sterols scientifically proven to lower cholesterol and reduce the risks associated with heart disease. The breads are making their debut nationwide under the widely popular Arnold® and Brownberry® brands.

New Grains & More™ Double Oat Hearty Oatmeal Bread was formulated to promote heart health, and each serving contains 0.4 grams of Cognis’ Heart Choice® plant sterols. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Double Oat Bread may help lower cholesterol up to 15%. Cognis’ Heart Choice® logo is prominently displayed on the front package so consumers know that their bread contains a superior source of heart healthy plant sterols.

“Cognis is delighted to be working with George Weston as we build awareness for the heart health benefits of plant sterols,” said Laura Troha, Marketing Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health. “Consumers, especially baby boomers, are extremely interested in a natural alternative to help manage their cholesterol. As a result, we are seeing increased interest from major food and supplement manufacturers considering new or improved products with plant sterols.”

Attendees are invited to sample heart healthy treats such as oatmeal craisin cookies and a berry cooler – both with Heart Choice® natural plant sterols.

Cognis also will feature another important ingredient in its heart health portfolio -- Omevital™ Omega-3 fatty acids, marine-sourced and excellent sources of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. The Omevital™ product line includes oils with varying concentrations which are easily formulated into a wide range of dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages. The fatty acids EPA and DHA provide significantly more health benefits than plant-based Omega-3 containing only ALA. In order to be used by the human body, the fatty acid ALA must be converted to EPA and DHA. Cognis’ Omevital™ product line delivers all the nutritional value of marine-sourced Omega-3 combined with an award-winning sensory profile.

About Cognis’ Heart Health Ingredients:
All of the nutritional ingredients supplied by Cognis are naturally sourced from renewable resources that contribute to environmental sustainability.
Heart Choice® Natural Phytosterols
Cognis is the world’s largest supplier of natural phytosterols 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. Heart Choice® ingredients meet the requirements of the unqualified FDA-approved health claim for phytosterols and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. With the industry’s broadest portfolio of all natural, kosher, non-GM/IP certified phytosterols, Cognis’ product line is ideal for a variety of functional food applications. Cognis has been producing sterols longer than any other manufacturer and its production facilities in the United States, Germany and France provide the industry’s largest capacity of phytosterols.

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

Omevital™ Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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. Cognis markets its Omevital™ products for the North American dietary supplement industry exclusively through Marine Nutriceutical Corporation.

Covitol® Natural Vitamin E
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, 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, as well as agriculture and mining.
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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