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on January 15, 2013

Making the best use of betaine in pig and poultry feed

Betaine, often confused as a vitamin, is neither a vitamin nor even an essential nutrient; although under certain conditions dietary fortification with betaine may offer substantial benefits.

Betaine is a natural compound found in variable concentrations in most living organisms, including plants and animals. Wheat and sugar beets are two common ingredients with a high concentration of betaine. Pure betaine is considered safe (it belongs to the GRAS group) when used within approved limits. Addition of pure…

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