RESEARCH NOTES: CLA Reduces Body Fat Accretion
PETFOOD INDUSTRY (Electronic Newsletter) June 21, 2005, Volume 5, Number 12:
Numerous studies in recent years have confirmed beneficial effects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on cancer, immune function, atherosclerosis, weight gain, energy metabolism and body composition. Of particular interest is the impact of CLA on body fat.
In growing mice, CLA reduces the percentage of consumed energy stored in body fat while increasing energy expenditure. Similar changes in body composition, but not energy expenditure, were observed in growing hamsters and pigs supplemented with CLA. In addition, lean body mass was increased in pigs supplemented with CLA.
Body fat accumulation also is reduced in growing puppies fed CLA, as demonstrated by research conducted at the Nestlé Purina PetCare Center. After 10 months, puppies fed the diet enriched with CLA from hydrolyzed sunflower oil had significantly less body fat than the control group.
Source: Conjugated linoleic acid reduces body fat accretion. From Nestlé Purina Pet Institute Research Report 9(2):5.