Biochemical Properties of Using Active Principles of Chestnuts in Animal Feed

Dorel Dronca, Nicolae Pacala, Lavinia Stef, Ioan Pet, Ioan Bencsik, Gabi Dumitrescu, Marioara Nicula, Adela Marcu, Liliana Petculescu, Ion Caraba, Silvia Erina, Mirela Ahmadi


Chestnuts (Castanea sativa) are traditionally ingredients of different food and feed, being used in human and animal diet – due to its valuable active principles. The products used are chestnuts (fruits) and also by-products from chestnuts industry like shell, skin, bark, leaves or even flowers. Chestnuts are ingredients with low protein and lipid content, but high carbohydrates, hydro-soluble vitamins and minerals (Ca, Fe, Mg, P, K, Na, Zn). Also, in chestnuts products are present different antioxidants which could be extracted and used in processing of food and feed products. Thus, various extraction techniques and solvents are used to obtain good yield of substances that are used in animal feeding (for broiler chicken, pigs, rabbits).

Keywords: chestnuts, active principles, animal feed

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