Effects of high linolenic acid diet supplemented with synthetic or natural antioxidant mix on live performance, carcass traits, meat quality and fatty acid composition of Longissimus thoracis et lumborum muscle of medium-heavy pigs

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Anna Maria Belmonte
Paolo Macchioni
Giovanna Minelli
Corina Scutaru
Luisa Antonella Volpelli
Domenico Pietro Lo Fiego


extruded linseed, fatty acids profile, grape skin extract, oregano extract, oxidative stability of pork, vitamin E


We studied the effect of a high linolenic acid diet supplementation with synthetic (vitamin E + selenium) or veg-etal mix rich in natural antioxidants (grape skin + oregano) on live performances, carcass and meat quality, fatty acid composition and oxidative stability of intramuscular lipids of Longissimus thoracis et lumborum muscle in medium-heavy pigs. Neither carcass traits nor chemical proximate composition of meat was affected by dietary treatments. Linseed dietary inclusion reduced the n-6:n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids ratio and increased long-chain n-3 precursor, fundamental for human health. Our results offer new opportunities to use products more acceptable by consumers and are more eco-friendly.

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