Vegetable oil is an important commodity; however, the majority of commercially available vegetable oils have a fairly short shelf life, which limits their usefulness for long term food storage, disaster relief, space travel, food aid programs, and military rations. Vegetable oils with high oleic acid and reduced linolenic acid contents, especially with added antioxidant combinations, were previously found to have significantly longer oil stability index (OSI) values than traditional vegetable oils. This study used accelerated shelf life testing to estimate the ambient shelf life of high oleic sunflower oil (HOSUN) and high oleic canola oil (HOCAN), each containing 1,000 ppm ascorbyl palmitate, 200 ppm tertiary butyl hydroquinone, and 200 ppm mixed tocopherols. Oils were stored in the dark in low density polyethylene (LDPE), or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles at 30, 40, 50, and 60°C. Control samples were stored in the dark in glass bottles at -50°C. Testing included peroxide values, qualitative headspace volatile analysis, descriptive sensory analysis, and consumer sensory acceptance. The estimated shelf life was calculated from the change in overall acceptance score over time using the Q10 method. The stabilized HOCAN in PET bottles was estimated to have a shelf life at ambient temperature of 6.8 years, while oil stored in LDPE bottles had an estimated shelf life of only 2.7 years. The estimated shelf life of HOSUN at room temperature in PET is 2.6 years and in LDPE is 0.88 years.



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Life Sciences; Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science



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Accelerated shelf life testing, oleic acid, vegetable oil, storage, descriptive analysis