Data provider:

Icon data provider

The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States, with locations in Beltsville, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries. In fiscal year 2011 (Oct 2010 through Sept 2011) NAL delivered more than 100 million direct customer service transactions.

Journal Article

Journal article

Fatty acid composition of llama muscle and internal fat in two Argentinian herds  [2004]

Coates, Wayne; Ayerza, Ricardo;

Access the full text

Coronary heart disease and a number of other diseases have been shown to increase with consumption of foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. However, increased consumption of n-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of these diseases. Llama meat has been reported as having a lower fat content, lower saturated fat content, and a higher n-3 fatty acid content than beef, and hence may serve as a more healthy alternative of animal protein. To assess these claims a study was undertaken in Argentina in which llama meat from two farms was analyzed to determine its composition. On average the lama meat had lower cholesterol (52.8 vs 67 mg/100 g) and fat (12.6 vs 20.6%) content than that reported for beef. The muscle fat of castrated males was lower in saturated fatty acids (42.6 vs 45.7%) and cholesterol (44.1 vs 63.7%), and higher in n-3 fatty acids (1.2 vs 1.0%) than non-castrated males. As castration appears to substantially improve llama meat quality, additional studies to confirm this appear warranted.

From the journal

Small ruminant research

ISSN : 0921-4488