By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists have developed a form of omega-3 fish oil that’s easier for people to absorb and leaves no fishy aftertaste.Research has linked omega-3 consumption with a reduced risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and vision impairment. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week to prevent coronary heart disease.That’s fine for those who like fish. The rest can take omega-3 fish oil in bottles or capsules. One problem with this, as anyone who’s ever taken cod liver oil will attest, is the taste. Even after taking omega-3 fish oil in capsules, many complain of “fish burps.”UGA food scientist Casimir Akoh set out to make a form of omega-3 fish oil that’s easier for people to metabolize and doesn’t have the fishy smell and taste. These new oils, called structured lipids, are made with enzymes called lipases.Most people would probably appreciate the new form’s odorless qualities. But the fact that this form is more easily absorbed, Akoh said, is the most significant advantage.By rearranging the order of the three fatty acid molecules in omega-3 fish oil, he said, “we kept the Omega-3 molecule at the 2-position that allows it to go further along in the process of digestion, so it’s better incorporated into our membranes,” said Akoh.Taking fat on purpose? The message for years now has been “Stay away from fat to avoid getting fat.”Akoh points out that not all fats are the same. Saturated fats and trans-fatty acids contribute to the artery-clogging problems we should try to avoid.”When we eat saturated fat, it makes cell membranes less permeable,” Akoh said. “Trans-fatty acids are even worse. They don’t melt as easily as saturated fats. Higher temperatures are needed.”However, some fats are good. Unsaturated and monounsaturated fats are important for human health. And omega-3 fatty acids actually help make cell membranes more permeable.Two omega-3 fatty acids, commonly known as EPA and DHA, provide critical defenses against some of the most serious and widespread health problems facing the United States.A third kind of omega-3 fatty acid is found in soybeans, canola, walnuts and flax seeds, but it’s less potent. The highest concentrations of DHA and EPA are found in fish, especially mackerel, lake trout, sardines and salmon.(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
After 94 years of inspiring and enabling adventure with premium outerwear, apparel and gear, Eddie Bauer announced it is expanding its outfitting expertise to include footwear.Available July 28, 2014, the new Eddie Bauer footwear collection utilizes cutting-edge technology and advancements in product engineering to offer the ultimate in performance, comfort, and durability for all types of terrain on and off trail. The fall 2014 footwear collection launches with six men’s and seven women’s styles. “Whatever your destination, Eddie Bauer footwear is built to take you anywhere you want to go,” said Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer for Eddie Bauer. “Eddie Bauer is committed to building innovative products focused on functionality and versatility. We aim to elevate the experience of adventurers, and our footwear is a natural extension of our outfitting mentality. We are confident this launch further solidifies Eddie Bauer’s position in the outdoor industry.”All styles feature ergonomic, cushioned insoles to offer the most stable, supportive fit, and the lightest, strongest midsoles to absorb the impact of every stride. With specialty designed outsoles exclusive to the collection, consumers are sure to have all-day comfort, no matter where their adventures take them.The collection debuts with the ultimate 24-hour adventure travel shoe, the Eddie Bauer Travex Full Circuit, available in both men’s and women’s styles. Weighing 11 oz., this shoe integrates state-of-the-art materials and technologies, including:InsoFit Pro: An ergonomic polyurethane footbed stabilizing heel cup and superior forefoot support.MidLite Pro: A midsole using the lightest, strongest form of polyurethane available to ensure critical cushioning, reduce impact, and provide overall stability that lasts long after other midsoles break down.SportGrip Pro: Carbon rubber outsole with grippy tread excels in all terrain, including light trail use.The collection will also feature two versions of streamlined, lightweight hikers for men and women – the Eddie Bauer Lukla and Lukla Pro. At 10 oz., the Lukla is a streamlined trekker that reduces stride impact, especially critical when hiking on uneven ground with a pack, and features:InsoFit: An EVA footbed that delivers all-day support while reducing weight and bulk.MidLite: Premium EVA midsole to provide the lightest possible weight without sacrificing durability, support and comfort.MultiPitch Pro: Outsole with exclusive lug design using Vibram XS Trek rubber compound – best in class for performance and durability.The Lukla Pro features the same performance attributes and technologies as the Lukla, and includes Eddie Bauer’s exclusive WeatherEdge PRO, a 20k/20k waterproof/breathable membrane lining to help keep feet dry in extreme, wet conditions.The fall 2014 assortment also includes Travex styles including a chukka, oxford and slip-on styles for him and Mary Jane and ballet flats for her. Each of these styles combines classic silhouettes with technical features ideal for the modern, adventure-traveler.This winter, the line will expand with a collection of performance boots and casual slippers. As with all Eddie Bauer products, the new footwear collection is backed by the company’s unconditional lifetime guarantee.Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a direct-to-consumer specialty retailer selling sportswear, outerwear, footwear, gear and accessories “for the active outdoor lifestyle.” The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style, and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Japan through catalog sales and online at www.eddiebauer.com. Eddie Bauer was named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion.