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Promotion of Enriched Omega-3 Diets will Benefit Consumers


Dr. Alice Stanton of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland recently reported on an experiment involving 161 subjects consuming chickens and eggs enriched with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Devenish Nutrition is promoting incorporation of an algae-derived ingredient in diets for laying hens and broiler to increase the omega-3 level of egg yolk and breast muscle of broilers.

The clinical study documented an increase in serum levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a more favorable omega-3 index in red blood cell membranes.  A low omega-3 index attributed to inadequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids including ALA, DHA and EPA is generally associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Heather Hayes director of food innovation for Devenish noted, “Offering birds a natural and sustainable omega-3 PUFA is good for the bird and good for the consumer.  Taste panel studies have shown omega-3 enriched chicken taste as good if not better than conventional chicken.”

Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at the University College Dublin stated, “By enriching the birds’ diet, meat and eggs become naturally enriched with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and the associated nutritional benefits are then passed on to consumers.”

It is possible to raise the omega-3 level in commercial eggs to 115 mg per large egg by supplementing diets with canola oil, flaxseed or flax oil.  Currently eggs containing from 100 to 250 mg omega-3 PUFAs are commercially available including the leading national brand in the U.S. which is also supplemented with a range of B complex vitamins in addition to high levels of vitamins E and A.

Algae-derived dietary supplements are marketed in the U.S. and on the international market to be included in diets for hens, broilers and hogs to raise omega-3 fatty acid levels.

(SMS 1,921-17 November 22nd 2017)