Feeding dairy cattle a diet of canola seed might, sometime in the future, result in milk that helps prevent breast cancer. Dairy farmers say they would have to have a monetary incentive to feed canola seed to their cattle.
Dairy nutritionists at North Dakota State University are starting feeding trials to find out if canola seed in a cow's diet will produce milk higher in compounds that suppress the development of breast cancer. In theory, a cow's stomach will convert fatty acids in canola seed into conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutritional supplement studies show already has potential for melting fat, building muscle and reducing heart disease in humans.
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