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Feeding Dairy Cows Flaxseed Results In Milk Lower In Saturated Fats – And Much Healthier

January 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. scientists have found that adding flaxseed – which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids – to the diets of dairy cows improved the fat profile of butter and cheese without harming the production and texture of the milk and other dairy products. The researchers added the flaxseed to the usual mixture of corn, alfalfa hay, grains and grass sileage. Adding the flaxseed resulted in milk that was lower in saturated fat and more healthy for humans. The researchers acknowledged that adding flaxseed increases the cost of feed, but argued that dairy products enriched with omega-3, and lower in saturated fats, could sell for a premium at the grocery store.
Daniel Robison, "Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products, says OSU study", Oregon State, January 24, 2013, © Oregon State University
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