Waste peel from pomegranate juice factories makes healthy cattle feed
Pomegranate peel left over from production of the juice renowned for its potential health benefits can make a nutritious feed supplement for cattle, researchers in Israel report in an article in the November 12 issue of ACS’ biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The peel packs some of the weight-boosting and health-enhancing effects of antibiotics and hormones without the detrimental effects, and researchers say it may yield meat with higher levels of beneficial antioxidants.
the new study, Ariel Shabtay and colleagues note that consumption of pomegranate
products is increasing amid reports that the fruit may help fight cancer,
infections, and other diseases in humans due to its high levels of antioxidants.
Recent studies also have shown that boosting antioxidant levels in the diet of
cattle may help improve their health. Those findings seemed to make pomegranate
peel, a waste product of the pomegranate industry with higher antioxidant levels
than the juice itself, an attractive candidate as a nutritional supplement for
Source: News release from American Chemical Society (ACS) on December 3, 2008.
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