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Pomegranate peel good for beef

Pomegranate peel left over from juice production can make a nutritional byproduct for cattle, Israeli researchers report.

The peel contains some of the weight-boosting and health-enhancing effects of antibiotics and growth promotants, and researchers say it may yield meat with higher levels of antioxidants.

Scientists fed calves either normal rations or feed supplemented with pomegranate peels.

After eight weeks, the calves supplemented with pomegranate had higher blood levels of alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that may help retain nutrients and extend shelf life.

The pomegranate-fed animals gained more weight than the cattle on standard rations. (Source: ScienceDaily.com)

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