More fat is healthier?!
A joint research paper by Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University has determined that as cattle fatten and put down marbling, the fat becomes healthier because there is a replacement of saturated fats with oleic acid.
The research looked at gene expression associated with fat development. It noted that in general terms, in transitioning from grass feeding to feedlot feeding, there is profound increase in genes associated with fat development and making more oleic acid.
Whilst you can barely detect expression of genes related to marbling and fat composition in cattle on pasture, it was however more prevalent when cattle are fed grain. In fact, the longer cattle are on grain, the more oleic acid they deposit.
Interestingly, the researchers concluded that as fat increases, it is accompanied by a decrease in the proportion of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids with a corresponding increase in oleic acid and other monounsaturated fatty acids.
The research was funded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Beef Check off Program and can be found online at http://bit.ly/1EwH8x6.
Source: ALFA Newsletter ISSUE #179 – 27th April 2015
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