For those wishing to keep informed, the link below is a press release announcing that Monsanto is joining forces with DSM to grow and promote soybean oil engineered with the genetically modified omega-3, SDA (or stearodonic acid).
A couple comments:
1. Kudos to them for accurately stating that SDA can increase the amount of EPA omega-3 in the human body. Per research to date, SDA can increase EPA levels, but it does not increase levels of DHA omega-3. DHA is the omega-3 critical for optimal brain function and eye health, especially as we age. We don’t get that from SDA.
2. Monsanto also states that “we are much more efficient at converting SDA into EPA”. Per research to date, at most we convert 17% of SDA into EPA. Somewhere between 5-15% of the ALA omega-3 we eat – naturally found in flax, chia, and walnuts – converts into EPA. A difference of potentially 2% conversion is considered ‘much more’. I find that interesting.
Link to press release: