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Fat nutrition and metabolism in food animals

Edited by: Dr Jack Odle
for Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology

Animal foods supply nutritious sources of essential nutrients for the human diet. Meat, milk, cheese, eggs, fish, etcetera, provide concentrated energy including essential fatty acids, high quality protein rich in essential amino acids as well as numerous vitamins and minerals with high bioavailability.

This collection of papers was assembled specifically to review the literature related to fat nutrition and metabolism across a range of food animal species. The papers span from applied nutrition principles and practical feeding values to fundamental aspects of lipid metabolism, including bioactive n-6 and n-3 fatty acids and oxidized fats. Articles review the challenges and impacts of modifying fatty acid composition of animal-derived foods via dietary supplementation, with potential health benefits of doing so.

  1. Dietary lipid supplementation benefits the prolific and high-producing modern lactating sow. A comprehensive review of recent studies showed that lipid supplementation increases average daily energy intake, wh...

    Authors: David S. Rosero, R. Dean Boyd, Jack Odle and Eric van Heugten
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2016 7:34
  2. The intestine is not only critical for nutrient digestion and absorption, but also is the largest immune organ in the body. However, in pig production, inflammation induced by numerous factors, such as pathoge...

    Authors: Yulan Liu
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:41
  3. In livestock diets, energy is one of the most expensive nutritional components of feed formulation. Because lipids are a concentrated energy source, inclusion of lipids are known to affect growth rate and feed...

    Authors: Brian J. Kerr, Trey A. Kellner and Gerald C. Shurson
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:30
  4. Since 1950, links between intake of saturated fatty acids and heart disease have led to recommendations to limit consumption of saturated fatty acid-rich foods, including beef. Over this time, changes in food ...

    Authors: Payam Vahmani, Cletos Mapiye, Nuria Prieto, David C. Rolland, Tim A. McAllister, Jennifer L. Aalhus and Michael E. R. Dugan
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:29
  5. Milk fatty acid composition is determined by several factors including diet. The milk fatty acid profile of dairy cows is low in polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially those of the n-3 series. Efforts to chan...

    Authors: Jennifer Stamey Lanier and Benjamin A. Corl
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2015 6:26