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The good oil on fat

Internationally researchers and consumers are starting to look at fat differently, and it’s no longer seen as the bad guy. Dietary fat is required to provide the essential fatty acids and is necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Dietary fat is made up of three types of fat, saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.


Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat that is important for heart health and brain development, and is typically associated with oily fish. However, there is increasing recognition of the potential of grass-fed lamb to contribute a significant amount of omega-3 to the diet.

Grass-fed lamb contains higher levels of omega-3 than grain-fed lamb. The Omega Lamb project has further enhanced the omega-3 content of the lamb through the genetics and forage programme. The concentration of omega 3 has been lifted to ‘claimable levels’.

By Gemma Milne, Product Development and Innovation Projects Leader, Alliance Group