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Protein deprivation in primates: VI. Food preferences of adult rhesus monkeys maintained on low-protein diets.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1182038     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three groups of adult female rhesus monkeys, maintained on low-protein diets (.5 gm, 1 gm, and 2 gm protein per kg body weight, were compared with a control group (4 gm protein per kg body weight) on a food-preference task. Food responsiveness was assessed by presenting 8 small pieces of a certain food, equally spaced about the perimeter of a turntable attached to the home cage, and recording number of pieces taken, number of pieces eaten, and elapsed time for taking all 8 pieces. 21 different foods were used in sequence, 3 each from the following 7 categories: cheese, meat, vegetable, nut, cereal, fruit, and candy. Scores on all 3 measures were highly correlated, and the order of preference was generally the same for all groups. The 2 lowest-protein groups accepted more foods at the lower end of the palatability spectrum than did either the 4-gm or the 2-gm group. There was a tendency for the foods least preferred by the protein-deprived monkeys to be themselves high in protein. Thus, although protein deprivation appears to increase the catholicity of food preference, there is no corresponding increase in the relationship between palatability and protein content.
C W Hill; A J Riopelle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  1975 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-12-30     Completed Date:  1975-12-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Food Deprivation
Food Preferences*
Macaca mulatta*
Protein Deficiency*
Reaction Time

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