Could rapeseed be used as a protein source for human nutrition?

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 March

    Medium Digital

    Economics & commerce > Feeding the World


    Scope & contentRapeseed is widely grown for its oil, which is highly rated by cooks across the world. It has the lowest saturated fat of any culinary oil and is a great source of Omega 3,6 and 9.

    Rapeseed doesn’t just contain oil but high-quality protein too, which contains many essential amino acids. Worldwide, around 1.12 million tons of crude protein are produced annually from rapeseed oil. Although farmers have long used this so-called rapeseed cake as a protein feed for animals, it has not played a role as a protein source in human nutrition so far.

    According to Hofmann, who is also Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology, it is important to develop new plant protein sources for human nutrition and rapeseed is a good local source…. Read more.


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