Heart-Healthy Product Development Competition

Learn about the competition and hear from the 2014 winners...
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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in North America . To address this public health issue and highlight the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, CanolaInfo is pleased to sponsor a competition for Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association members in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to create heart-healthy snack food products low in saturated fat and free of trans fat. The goal is to show how the food industry is positioning itself to help consumers comply with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, namely the new lower saturated fat recommendation of 10 percent total daily calories. To this end, products must meet certain nutritional criteria based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration food labeling guidelines. The competition finals will be at IFT’s Wellness Conference (hereafter called Wellness) held March 20 – 21, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

2014 Competition Winners

1st Place: Rutgers University with Heartmony

2nd Place: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with Demergo

3rd Place: University of Massachusetts- Amherst with SmarTarts


1st Place: $3,500, trophy, and complimentary registration to the 2014 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo for all team members
2nd Place: $2,500 and trophy
3rd Place: $1,500 and trophy

* Each team receives a $2,000 travel grant and complimentary registration for up to four (4) team members to the Wellness Conference in Chicago, IL March 20 -21, 2014

2013 Winners

1st Place: University of Arkansas with Simply Heart: A banana and cinnamon flavored breakfast bar, made from an oat and sweet potato base that is full of heart-healthy dried fruits and coated in crispy puffed millet.

2nd Place: Rutgers University with Herbilicious Crisps : A guilty-free crossover between chips and crackers; it is light crispy as chips yet rich, savory fulfilling as crackers which satisfy your taste buds and delight your heart.

3rd Place: The Iowa State University with SmHeart Bites : A snack made with creamy probiotic cottage cheese, layered with antioxidant-rich aronia berry film, and almond/oat bran crust that is fortified with soluble fibers and plant sterols.




Annie D'Souza Palaparthi
Rutgers University

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