Quality of Life (Banja Luka) 1(2-4): 134-138

Influence of Addition of Linseed on the Diet on Meat Quality of Piglets

Institute for Food Technology, Bulevar cara Lazara 1, 21 000 Novi Sad, Serbia

Abstract: The aim of this study was to estimate the influence of diet supplemented with linseed rich additive under commercial name Vitalan on omega-fatty acids content in piglet meat. The main ingredient in Vitalan is extruded linseed, that contribute the diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Piglets were divided in control and experimental group and reared to 33 kg of average live weight. Experimental group was fed the standard diet enriched with 2.5% of Vitalan. After the end of fattening period, the meat samples from both groups were analyzed for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids content in raw and oven- roasted meat. The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 acids was established. Additionally, other parameters, such as weight gain, health and behaviour of piglets were observing during the study. The treatment with linseed enriched diet resulted in higher omega-3 acids content, which lowered ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 acids in meat, thus making it better for a human nutrition from a health perspective.

Keywords: piglets, extruded linseed, meat, omega fatty acids

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