Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week announced new health claims for high oleic oils. FDA announced the claims in response to a detailed petition from a biotech company.
FDA says manufacturers of high oleic oils can choose to include a qualified health claim on their label stating that “supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that daily consumption of about 1½ tablespoons of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” Edible oils must contain at least 70 percent oleic acid to meet the criteria for the qualified health claim. Gottlieb says the science behind the new qualified health claim for oleic acid, while not conclusive, “is promising.”
The FDA evaluated results from seven small clinical studies that evaluated the relationship between consumption of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, at least 70 percent per serving, and improved cholesterol levels, which indicates a reduced risk for coronary heart disease.