An unrecognized dietary factor for guinea pigs associated with the fibrous fractions of plant products.

@article{Knehans1979AnUD,
  title={An unrecognized dietary factor for guinea pigs associated with the fibrous fractions of plant products.},
  author={A. Knehans and R. Kincaid and W. O. Regan and B. L. O’dell},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={1979},
  volume={109 3},
  pages={
          418-25
        }
}
The growth rate of guinea pigs was used to assess the nutritional value of plant materials and to characterize the active component(s). Weanlings were fed for 28 days a purified diet based on soybean protein. Addition of 10 to 20% of wood pulp improved the growth rate beyond that supported by 0 to 5%. Subsequently, the basal diet contained 15% of wood cellulose. Raw cabbage, ad libitum, 5% of wheat straw and 5% of mature alfalfa, collected and dried in the laboratory, increased growth rate… Expand
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