patent number 5547686
A fodder and a method are provided for increasing the amount of unsaturated fatty acids in the tissues and milk of ruminants. Specifically, the present invention includes feeding to a ruminant a composition containing the reaction product of an unsaturated fatty acid with a primary amine. The reaction product escapes hydrogenation in the stomachs of the ruminant allowing unsaturated fatty acids to be absorbed into the blood stream of the animal. In one embodiment, the unsaturated fatty acids used to react with the amine are derived from soybean oil. By increasing the amount of unsaturated fatty acids in the tissues and milk of ruminants, the food products obtained from those animals is healthier for human consumption.
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)