Chinese fungi for low cholesterol eggs

12-02-2008 | |
Chinese fungi for low cholesterol eggs

It took two years of trial and error to design eggs that contain qualities of a rare Chinese fungi. By adding this fungi, the eggs contain 30% less cholesterol than normal chicken eggs.

AP Nutripharm, a biotechnology firm, and egg producer Chew’s
Agriculture say a chicken feed has been produced which resulted in eggs
containing a key component in cordyceps sinensis , reputed to contain compounds that
support healthy lung and kidney function and anti-cancer, anti-bacteria and
anti-inflammatory properties.

“Initially, our idea was to come up with an
alternative chicken feed additive for farmers who are facing higher feed costs
as demand for corn and other raw materials have gone up,” said Nutripharm
managing director Mark Xu. “But the farmers were looking to create eggs with
more nutritional value,” he added.

Xu continues in saying that Nutripharm
has devised a way to cultivate cordyceps sinensis on a large scale. The company
owns a patent-approved technology that can cultivate cordycep sinensis in 9.5
days, compared with a year in nature, and the ingredients are being used as an
additive in chicken feed.

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