Title

Conjugated linoleic acid content in retail Cheddar cheeses.

Divisions

University,Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Journal

Milk Science International/ Milchwissenschaft

Volume

4

Issue

67

Pages

3

Language

en

Abstract

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) refers to the isomers of linoleic acid that have the conjugated bond system. Several health benefits including anticarcinogenicity and weight loss have been associated with the intake of CLA. For healthy individuals weighing around 70 kg, CLA consumption at about 3g per day has been recommended for maintaining these health benefits. Dairy products, especially cheeses are considered rich sources of CLA. This study was undertaken to determine the CLA content in retail Cheddar cheeses available in grocery stores in a midwest region of the US. Twenty-seven samples of different brands of Cheddar cheeses were evaluated for CLA contents. These cheese samples were categorized as: Extra sharp, Sharp, and Mild/medium based on the information available on the label. Cheese samples showed CLA content in the range of 0.61-1.04, 0.62-0.87, and 0.45-1.09 g/100g fatty acids (FA), respectively. Fatty acids profiles showed minor differences for the three cheese categories.