CFTRI seeks tie-up to popularise its anti-obesity edible oil

The only anti-obesity edible oil (Diacylglycerol Oil) in the globe, developed by the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is waiting for commercial tie-up to market the product.

It was launched a few days ago, but the CFTRI could market it in a small way and is looking for tie-up to popularise the product. The oil produced from natural sunflower oil is enriched with ‘diglycerides’ (DAG) instead of obese-causing ‘triglycerides’ (TAG). The oil contains antioxidant and Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), which helps in maintaining a healthy body weight. It provides energy and does not store as fat. The oil was tested among foreign population, said CFTRI Director Ram Rajasekharan.

The edible oil was displayed at ‘Make in India Product Pavilion’, an exhibition of the CFTRI products organised at its premises. Select technologies, developed by the CSIR-CFTRI with a potential impact, are showcased in the ‘Make in India’.

Earlier, a Japan-based organisation had introduced a similar product in the market, but, it was withdrawn owing to safety reasons, the director added.

The products are displayed under the broad areas such as innovative technologies, carbonated beverages with fruit juices, superfood, rural technologies, wellness foods, wealth from waste, food for disaster relief operations, food safety, food machineries and village empowerment schemes. The products include neera in bottle, sugar cane juice and crusher, teff-based products, dosa-making machine, nutri-gel, and microwave sterilised chilli paste.

The Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Science and Vice-President of CSIR Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the exhibition.

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