Saturday, October 02, 2010

Homai to hinu? Fatty feed, fatty land, fatty peeps. Palm kernel extract and harmful trans fats

Not that we need to keep proving the holism of life but research linking palm kernel extract (PKE) (sourced from the tropics but fed to cows here in Aotearoa) adds to the poor press of PKE and red meat in general.

'Palm kernel expeller' is what is leftover when kernel oil is pressed from the nut in the palm fruit, and it is increasingly used to supplement dairy cows' largely grass diet is increasing in New Zealand.

This rather annoying observation comes courtesty of Dr Jocelyne Benatar at the Cardiovascular Research Unit of Auckland City Hospital. Published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, these results are sure to add further pressure on the meat industry. Given ongoing concerns about traceability and the wealthy consumers NZ Inc. targets, Maori agribusiness best work fast to secure a) image, and b) markets. The two cannot be separated.

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