Utilizing the bioactive contents of specialty oils and fats

A. L. Kerrihard, R. B. Pegg

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This chapter focuses on the bioactive components of specialty oils and lipids. Omega-3 fatty acids, γ-linolenic acid, phytosterols, squalene, and tocopherols are discussed in detail. For each, the theory and evidence of the health benefits are described, and their measured quantities in naturally occurring sources are reviewed. This chapter also discusses the effect that methods of oil extraction and refining may have on the quantities and integrity of these components. Methodologies for the recovery and isolation of these valuable compounds are also covered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpecialty Oils and Fats in Food and Nutrition
Subtitle of host publicationProperties, Processing and Applications
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423973
ISBN (Print)9781782423768
StatePublished - 23 Jun 2015


  • Bioactives
  • Docosahexaenoic acid
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid
  • Extraction
  • Isolation
  • Lipids
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Phytosterols
  • Recovery
  • Specialty oils
  • Squalene
  • Stearidonic acid
  • Tocopherols
  • γ-Linolenic acid

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    Kerrihard, A. L., & Pegg, R. B. (2015). Utilizing the bioactive contents of specialty oils and fats. In Specialty Oils and Fats in Food and Nutrition: Properties, Processing and Applications (pp. 318-348). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-78242-376-8.00013-2