Lipid oxidation can be a major factor in the reduction of feed and fat quality. The oxidation of fats and oils is an irreversible, naturally occuring process where fatty acids are attacked by free radicals and oxygen is absorbed. Initiated when fat is exposed to oxygen, metal ions, heat, enzymes and light, this process results in a confersion of the fatty acids into harmful byproducts including peroxides and aldehydes. Oxidation dramatically affects the quality of fats and oils, which has been shown to have direct impact on animal health and performance, ultimately negatively affecting your business's financial bottom line.
To protect your fat from the negative effects associated with lipid oxidation, an antioxidant system should be used. An antioxidant system should contain a combination of the following:
- Synergistic blend of antioxidants to absorb free radicals before they destroy fatty acids.
- Metal chelators to bind metal ions, which may promote free radical oxidation.
- Oil-based carriers to better mix with fat molecules.
The Kemin antioxidant systems approach provides the best blend of antioxidants specifically formulated for the protection of your feeds and fats.