Nobacithin 50: fat product with extra nutritional benefits by Catharina Nieuwenhuizen, Nutritional & Technical Support Manager, Noba Vital Lipids
Lecithin is beneficial when fed to young animals, pigs and poultry. Nobacithin 50, a special product which contains soya lecithin, was developed by Noba more than a decade ago. In this article we explain the benefits of lecithin and, more specifically, of Nobacithin 50.
Lecithin in general
Lecithin is a fat-like substance which can be produced from soyabean, rape or sunflower oil. After degumming the oil, the lecithin is extracted from the gum and then cleaned. Lecithin is a complex mixture of at least 60 percent phospholipids; the other constituents are triglycerides, phosphatidic acid, choline, tocopherols, etc. Lecithin has a positive effect on several metabolic processes, because phospholipids play an important role in such processes. The main effect of lecithin is that it works as an emulsifier. This means that lecithin makes it possible to mix oil and water together. Lecithin plays a role in the splitting and absorption of fat. So the use of lecithin leads to an increase in fat splitting, fat absorption and fat digestion. This results in more energy being available and thus it improves the technical performance of the animals.
Nobacithin 50 is a special product which contains soya lecithin and was developed by Noba more than a decade ago. It is a product with nutritional benefits. Due to the lecithin in Nobacithin 50, the product works as an emulsifier which helps to digest the fat in feed, especially when Nobacithin 50 is used in combination with long-chain saturated fatty acids, like C16:0 or C18:0 from palm oil or animal fat. Nobacithin 50 is a good replacer for soy oil. Besides the nutritional benefits of Nobacithin 50, the product is always cheaper than soy oil. Nobacithin 50 is suitable for poultry, pigs, dairy cows and cattle. It is well suited for young animals, because Nobacithin is highly digestible. 44 | Milling and Grain