India’s first ‘high oleic’ groundnut varieties ready to go commercial

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Will serve up healthier oil with longer shelf life

After eight years of collaborative work, two high oleic groundnut lines have been identified by India’s coordinated release program to go commercial. This means processors and consumers in India will now have access to heathier groundnut-based food products and oil with longer shelf life.

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid with health benefits including reduced risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. It is preferred to normal groundnut oil and products such as confectionaries, flour, cake and butter etc., as studies show that high oleic groundnut oil and products are less prone to oxidation, hence giving extended shelf-life.

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