Nowadays food is always in the headlines with government officials and doctors warning us of potential problems with our diet of red meat and saturated fats, leading to such problems as cardiovascular disease.
A five year research programme by the government and industry will look into the potential of perennial ryegrass in obtaining higher content of omega-3 rich polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA). With the benefits passed on to humans via beef cattle.
"Grass feeding not only enhances the content of beneficial omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the meat but it also delivers other useful components such as antioxidants, vitamin E and carotenoids and the derivatives of pigments such as chlorophyll which help to improve colour, shelf life, and taste of the meat," said Prof. Scollan.
With the heightened awareness of today’s consumers for healthier more nutritional food products and the farming industry competing against increased globalisation, the benefits to both farmer and consumer of consistently high quality beef will be good news for UK beef producers.
In 2005 the consumption of beef and veal continue to increase, great news for farmers looking to restore profitability. 1,064,000 tonnes of red meat with a total retail and food service value of £5.6 billion pounds per annum.
For more information about this project read the Healthy Beef To Heart article.
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