Effects of goat milk-based formula on development in weaned rats
Objective: The aim of this article is to study the effect of goat milk–based formula (GMF) on development in weaned rats.
Methods: One hundred Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: control, 20% cow milk–based formula (CMF), and 5%-GMF, 10%-GMF, and 20%-GMF groups.
Results: GMF did play an active role in accelerating body and femur length, but not body weight growth. Compared with the control, GMF had better cognitive, space, and locomotor activity. The level of IFN was increased in GMF groups, as well as the level of IL-2 and TNF was decreased in GMF groups.
Conclusion: These results indicate that GMF has an effect on development and immunity improvability in weaned rats.
Keywords: infant formula; goat milk–based formula; development; immunity
(Published: 8 December 2015)
Citation: Food & Nutrition Research 2015, 59: 28610 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/fnr.v59.28610
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