As you may have noticed CK Products, LLC is reformulating our signature products to be PHO-free. We came out with a new Rolled Fondant that is all PHO-Free, along with our white buttercream, which tastes as good as our original and will preform just as well. We’re working on our colored buttercream and chocolate is coming soon! But what is PHO? Why do I care if it’s not in my foods? Well, let me tell you about it.
PHO is an acronym for Partially Hydrogenated Oils, which is a major source of trans fats. According to the FDA there are two types of trans fats. Trans fats that occur naturally are found mainly in the stomach of grazing animals, so there will always be a small trace of it in animals products – i.e., dairy products and meats. Then there is the type of trans fats that occur during the food processing process. This is when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to create a more solid substance. Therefore, Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHO) are used in the food industry to create a longer shelf life and improve the texture as well.
Why are trans fats bad? Trans fats increase the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol which can increase the risk of heart disease. But not all fats are bad – there are “good” fats out there as well. Fat helps your body absorb vitamins, but you should still keep your fat intake to less than 1/3 of your diet, according to the FDA.
On June 16th, 2015 the FDA mandated that companies will have to go PHO-free by June 2018. We at CK are trying to get ahead of the curve and start reformulating our products to be PHO-free. We just recently introduced our white buttercream as PHO-free, along with our CK Rolled Fondant.
What will this mean for the rest of the food industry? You will see an increase in PHO-free items along with zero trans fat. A lot of companies will be reformulating their products as well.