Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a component of beef and milk that has been shown to reduce body fat in both animals and humans. CLA is essential for the transport of dietary fat into cells, where it is used to build muscle and produce energy.
The primary dietary sources of CLA are beef and milk. In 1963, the CLA percentage in milk was as high as 2.81%. By 1992, the percentage of CLA in dairy products seldom exceeded 1%. The reason for the sharp reduction in milk CLA was because of changing feeding patterns. Cows that eat natural grass produce lots of CLA. Today's ÒefficientÓ feeding methods rely far less on natural grass.
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lowers total and LDL cholesterol
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