Journal article

Differential effects of natural palm oil, chemically-and enzymatically-modified palm oil on weight gain, blood lipid metabolites and fat deposition in a pediatric pig model

Eric N Ponnampalam, Paul Lewandowski, Kalanithi Nesaratnam, Frank R Dunshea, Harsharn Gill

Nutrition Journal | BMC | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: Increasing prevalence of obesity and overweight in the Western world, continue to be a major health threat and is responsible for increased health care costs. Dietary intervention studies show a strong positive association between saturated fat intake and the development of obesity and cardiovascular disease. This study investigated the effect of positional distribution of palmitic acid (Sn-1, 2 & 3) of palm oil on cardiovascular health and development of obesity, using weaner pigs as a model for young children. METHODS: Male and female weaner piglets were randomly allocated to 4 dietary treatment groups: 1) pork lard (LRD); 2) natural palm olein (NPO); 3) chemically inter-esteri..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For the animal slaughter and sample collection, the excellent cooperation of Diamond Valley Pork, Victoria, abattoir employees and management is gratefully acknowledged. Technical support towards feeding, blood and tissue sample collection and laboratory analysis was provided by Matthew Kerr, Athula Naththarampatha and Maree Cox, DPI Victoria.