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What is Enova™ brand oil?
Enova™ oil is a new premium cooking oil consisting of high concentrations of diacylglycerol (DAG), a type of fat already found in small quantities in conventional cooking oils. The predominant form of DAG fat in Enova™ oil is metabolized differently by the body. Studies show that, compared to other cooking and salad oils, less Enova™ oil is stored in the body as fat.

How does Enova™ oil work?
Enova™ oil is produced through a patented process that increases concentrations of diacylglycerols (i.e. DAG), a naturally occurring component found in vegetable oils, which contain two fatty acids per fat molecule. This is unlike conventional vegetable oils. Most cooking and salad oils mainly consist of fat molecules called triacylglycerols (i.e. TAG), which contain three fatty acids in the fat molecule. DAG is digested and absorbed by the body the same way as TAG, but DAG molecules are later metabolized in a slightly different way. Enova™ oil is DAG–rich oil. Less of the DAG in Enova™ oil is stored in the body as fat, compared to other vegetable oils.

How is it different from soy and canola oil? Could I make Enova™ oil myself from soy and canola?
Enova™ oil comes from soy and canola, but its main component, DAG oil, is initially present only in small quantities. Through a patented process, ADM Kao LLC – the joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland Company and Kao Corporation of Japan that brought Enova™ oil to the United States – converts the triacylglycerol (TAG) oil from natural soy and canola oils into a mixture that is at least 80 percent DAG oil. And, no, it’s not something you could do at home.

Is Enova™ oil a fat substitute?
No. The diacylglycerol (DAG) oil in Enova ™ oil is found in all natural vegetable oils at low concentrations. It is not an artificial fat substitute. We process natural soy and canola oils with a biological enzyme to produce the DAG content found in Enova™ oil.

What kind of fat is Enova™ oil?
The oil in Enova™ oil consists mostly of DAG polyunsaturated fats.

Is Enova™ oil higher in calories or fat?
Enova™ oil has essentially the same calories and fat content as the soy and canola oil from which it is made. But remember – Enova™ oil consists of high concentrations of DAG - less of the DAG in Enova™ oil is stored in your body as fat.

How does Enova™ oil taste?
Enova™ oil tastes just like the oil you’re used to – you’ll never notice the difference. Enova™ oil’s great, light taste lets the flavors of your food come through.

How do I use Enova™ oil?
You use Enova™ oil just like you’d use any other oil. You can fry, bake, grill and sauté just as you normally would as part of a sensible diet.

What do clinical studies show regarding weight loss?
Research in clinical trials in both Japan and the United States has shown that fat mass and weight may be reduced when 10 to 20 grams of Enova™ oil is substituted for conventional oils in a calorie-controlled diet. For more details on clinical studies, click here.

Will Enova™ oil cause digestive problems like some fat substitutes?
No. Enova™ oil is not an artificial fat like many fat substitutes. Fat substitutes are designed to pass through the body undigested, which has been reported to cause digestive problems in some cases. Enova™ oil is fully digested by the human body. Enova™ oil has been sold in Japan (as Econa® Healthy Cooking Oil) since 1999 and is the leading premium oil brand in that country. So, millions of people have safely been enjoying the oil since its introduction.

Are there any side effects?
Using Enova™ oil instead of conventional oil has no known adverse side effects. Enova™ oil has been sold in Japan (as Healthy Econa™ Cooking Oil) since 1999 and is the leading premium oil brand in that country. So, millions of people have safely been enjoying the oil since its introduction.

Is Enova™ oil FDA approved?
In Japan, Enova ™ oil (sold as Econa® Healthy Cooking Oil) is approved as Food for Specified Health Use (FOSHU) by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (similar to the FDA). The FDA has already acknowledged Enova™ oil’s GRAS status, meaning “generally recognized as safe,” for use in home cooking oil. Along with several other food manufacturing categories. That means Enova™ oil can be sold as cooking oil and as an ingredient in salad dressing, mayonnaise, margarine-type spreads, vegetable oil spreads, bakery products, nutrition bars, beverages, soups and sauces, gravies, pizza and frozen dinner entrees.

Has Enova™ oil been tested?
Enova™ oil is the product of over 15 years of research in Japan and the United States. In tests in both countries, use of Enova™ oil was found to produce less fat in the blood, and in some studies it lead to reduced fat mass in the body, when used as part of a sensible diet program. For more information, visit our. Enova™ Library. But the best tests have been done by millions of Japanese shoppers since 1999. They’ve made Enova™ oil (sold as Econa® Healthy Cooking Oil) the number one premium cooking oil in Japan where over 160 million bottles have been sold.

Who should use Enova™ oil?
Anyone who is interested in a sensible diet and maintaining a healthy life style.Initial studies of people on a calorie reduced diet indicate that body weight and body fat losses may occur to a greater extent when consuming two servings of Enova™ oil a day in place of conventional oils, and significant beneficial differences in health markers have been observed when 10 to 20 grams per day of Enova™ oil is substituted for traditional oil. Enova™ oil is not a fat substitute or reduced fat oil (same caloric content and fat content as conventional oil) – unlike fat substitutes promoted for weight loss. Enova™ oil is digested and absorbed just like conventional oil and does not result in undigested fat, which can cause gastrointestinal problems and malabsorption of important vitamins.

Is Enova™ oil healthy for diabetics?
Several clinical studies have been conducted using diabetic subjects. Descriptions and results of these studies may be found in the White Paper and clinical reference section of this site. In general, these studies have found benefits towards several health endpoints.

What is the nutritional content of Enova™ oil?
The nutritional profile is similar to that of conventional vegetable oil, with very low saturated fat, a blend of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, 0 grams of trans fat, and, like other vegetable oils, no cholesterol. (refer to Nutrition Facts)

How many calories are there in a single serving of Enova™ oil?
Being an oil, not a fat substitute, Enova™ oil has 120 calories per 1 tablespoon serving, the same as other conventional oils. Enova™ oil is not a low-calorie oil. The way Enova™ oil is metabolized is different from conventional oils. Less of Enova™ oil is stored in the body as fat, compared to other vegetable oils.

How can Enova™ brand oil, which has the same amount of calorie as other oils, be a healthy alternative?
Enova™ oil is not a fat substitute. The way Enova™ oil is metabolized in the body is different from conventional oils. Clinical studies show that the less Enova™ oil is stored in the body as fat, compared to other conventional oils. No conventional oil can claim this.

What is the level of intake that is considered safe?
The FDA has not set a “tolerable upper limit” for Enova™ oil consumption. You can safely replace all of existing conventional cooking and salad oil use with Enova™ oil. We recommend using Enova™ oil as a part of your sensible diet.

How much Enova™ oil do you need to consume to be effective?
Studies to date suggest that a replacement of 10 to 20g per day of conventional oil with Enova™ oil have shown significant beneficial differences in health markers as compared to traditional oils.

Does Enova™ oil contain trans fat?
Enova™ oil has 0 grams of trans fat per serving. Refer to Nutrition Facts

How does the saturated fat level of Enova™ oil compare with other conventional oils?
Enova™ oil has a saturated fat content of approximately 4%. Safflower, sunflower and canola oil are among the closest edible oils for saturated fat for content at 6-8%

What is the smoke point for Enova™ Oil? Can Enova™ Oil be used for deep frying?
The smoke point for Enova™ oil is 420F, so the oil would need to be heated somewhat lower than some conventional oils for deep frying. Enova™ oil can be used for home use for french fries, or any other type of deep frying. Due to the unique structure of Enova™ oil, it may discolor more quickly than traditional oils when used as a frying oil. Let color and taste be your guide.