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Taurine concentrations in animal feed ingredients; cooking influences taurine content.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12864905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to determine the taurine content in a variety of animal feeds. There is very little information on the taurine content of ingredients used in home-prepared diets for dogs and cats, and foods fed to wild animals in captivity. This study reports the taurine content of both common and alternative feed ingredients, and compares taurine loss as a result of different methods of food preparation. Foods were selected based on their use in commercial and home-prepared diets. Animal muscle tissue, particularly marine, contained high taurine concentrations. Plant products contained either low or undetectable amounts of taurine. The amount of taurine that remained in a feed ingredient after cooking depended upon the method of food preparation. When an ingredient was constantly surrounded by water during the cooking process, such as in boiling or basting, more taurine was lost. Food preparation methods that minimized water loss, such as baking or frying, had higher rates of taurine retention.
A R Spitze; D L Wong; Q R Rogers; A J Fascetti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0931-2439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-16     Completed Date:  2003-10-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126979     Medline TA:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  251-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed / analysis*
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Animals, Domestic*
Animals, Wild*
Biological Availability
Cookery / methods*
Nutritional Requirements
Nutritive Value
Taurine / analysis*
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