There is considerable interest in enhancing beneficial fatty acids, particularly 18:3n−3, conjugated linoleic acid and long chain n−3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in beef to provide benefits to human health. Here, the potential to enhance these fatty acids by feeding a n−3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-rich plant extract (PX) from lucerne is presented. Cattle (n=8/diet) were assigned to the following finishing diets: straw and concentrate (S-CC); straw and concentrate containing 25% PX and 2000IUvitaminE/kg PX-concentrate (S-PXC); grass silage (GS); GS plus 75gPX/kg dry matter intake (DMI) (GS-LPX) or GS plus 150g PX/kg DMI (GS-HPX). Addition of PX to concentrates or GS increased the n−3 fatty acid content of loin muscle and had favourable effects on the n−6:n−3 PUFA ratio (P<0.05), without detrimental effects on loin muscle sensory characteristics.
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- Food Science