Food Science and Nutrition

The principles of lipid nutrition and metabolism in domestic animals are basically similar to those common for rats and humans; however, important deviations from standard models occur in several species, reflecting in most part differences in gut physiology. Thus, whereas lipid nutrition and metabolism in pigs are quite similar to those of the rat, they differ considerably in ruminants, poultry and fish. This series of short reviews will address fatty acid requirements, digestion, the role of lipids in regulation of metabolism in various tissues, and the nutritional value for humans of animal lipids, among others. Most reviews will address these topics in ruminants, but other species will be included on occasion.


Topics include:

  • Comparative digestive physiology of lipids in domestic animals
  • Essential fatty acid requirements and metabolism in ruminants
  • Trans and conjugated fatty acids in ruminants
  • Fatty acid regulation of food intake in ruminants

Karen Schaich is the Associate Editor for these web pages.