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The use of betaine as a dietary supplement to reduce fat deposition and increase lean muscle mass in pigs is increasing. However, there is no available information on its effect on the physical and chemical (i.e. fatty acid (FA) profile) characteristics of pork.

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These data suggest that long-term betaine supplementation selectively increases intramuscular lipid deposition (a trait related to meat quality) while not affecting other chemical (including the atheroprotective FA profile) and physical characteristics of the Alentejano pig muscles studied.

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This page is a summary of: Effect of long-term betaine supplementation on chemical and physical characteristics of three muscles from the Alentejano pig, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, February 2012, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.5595.
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