Structured Fat from Plants

“California-based startup Shiru has identified plantbased proteins that can be combined with healthy oils to create structured fats that can replace saturated animal or tropical fats such as palm or coconut oil in multiple applications.

Solid at room temperature, patent-pending OleoPro “looks and behaves like animal fat,” without its ethical or environmental impact, and contains 90% less saturated fat.

OleoPro can also replace highly saturated tropical oils such as coconut or palm oil, which present nutritional, sensory, and environmental challenges, claims founder and CEO Jasmin Hume, PhD Hume. This is particularly exciting in plant-based meat applications, where it can replace coconut oil, “dramatically reducing” saturated fat and improving performance, she argues.”

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