Medycyna Wet. 65 (3), 179-180, 2009

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Cygan-Szczegielniak D., Janicki B.
Influence of age and sex on the cholesterol content in roe deer’s meat)
Meat is an important source of animal protein but cholesterol in meat is a potential cause of different cardiovascular diseases and there is little information about the influence of age and sex on the cholesterol content in roe deer muscles. The aim of the studies was to determine the effect of age and sex on the cholesterol content in the musculus longissimus lumborum of the roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.). The muscles were dissected from 67 roe deer and the total cholesterol concentration was determined with the use of UV- VIS spectrophotometer – 3100, at the wavelength of 680 nm. The average total cholesterol concentrations ranged from 51.11 (mg/100 g) for the 2-3-year-old males to 80.68 (mg/100 g) for 2-3-year-old females. Moreover, the total cholesterol concentration decreased with an decrease in age and increased in females’ muscles in comparison with males’ muscles. Significant differences (p £ 0.05) were recorded in cholesterol concentration for each group of animals. These results may provide an important source of information for consumers of roe deer’s meat because of differences between cholesterol content depending on age and sex of animals. Meat coming from male animals is the most advantageous from the viewpoint of dietetics.
Keywords: roe deer, meat, cholesterol content