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Oil cake under the microscope: the pros and cons of the product

Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:44

What is oil cake?

Oil cake is a by-product that is produced during the production of vegetable oils from seeds of soybean, sunflower and rapeseed. As a result of repeated crushing and pressing of raw materials, cake is formed, the oil content of which can reach up to 10%. Such a product is produced in the form of plates or granules. The quality of oil, as well as cake, depends on the quality of seeds.

Types of cake

For the production of vegetable oil, oleaginous seeds are used, most often: sunflower, soybean and flax. Thus, the types of cake depend on the raw material used:

- Sunflower oil cake

- Rapeseed oil cake

- Soybean oil cake

- Linseed oil cake

Advantages of cake

1. Cake contains proteins that are perfectly assimilated in the body of animals.

2. In agriculture, cake is used for fattening animals, it contributes to the health of livestock, increases milk yield.

3. Rapeseed cake is added to the diet of pigs due to a high content of essential amino acid - methionine.

Disadvantages of cake

1. The cake needs to be stored in dry and well-ventilated premises, otherwise it will damp and deteriorate.

2. Cake oil is a natural product with a high oil content, which is oxidized during long-term storage. Also, oil consumption by animals should be strictly controlled, otherwise, this can lead to undesirable results.

3. Do not forget that cake is a by-product of the oil production, therefore it contains harmful substances that can harm the animal in case of its constant use in food.

4. Some substances contained in the cake, can adversely affect the quality of agricultural products, namely: cause an unpleasant smell in meat, bitterness.

5. Unstable chemical composition.