Frequesntly Asked Questions
Q: What is Soy? What are its effects on humans and animals? Research Title: Newest Research on Why You Should Avoid Soy
A: Please visit link for full information: www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm
By: Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
Research Title: Newest Research on Why You Should Avoid Soy
Q: What is Protein?
A: Proteins are composed of small units. These units are the amino acids which are called the building blocks of protein. There are about 20-22 different amino acids which are commonly known. Each different protein is composed of various amino acids put together in varying order with almost limitless combinations.
Animal body has the ability to interconvert and make some of the amino acids which are called non-essential (NEAA). However, there are 8-10 of the amino acids which cannot be put together in their body and, therefore, must be supplied by the feed they consume. These are called essential amino acids (EAA).
So, proteins are composed of both essential & nonessential amino acids.
Q: What should be the normal ratio of nonessential & essential amino acids in total protein of a diet?
A: The normal & acceptable ratio of the essential & nonessential amino acids in the total protein in the diet of animals is 40% & 60% respectively.
Q: What would happen if this ratio is disturbed?
A: If there is less essential amino acid in crude protein of the diet; the diet is deficient in those amino acids so, the animal will have malnutrition.
If there is less nonessential amino acid in crude protein of the diet; the animal body will use essential amino acids to make up the shortage of nonessential amino acids. Therefore there will be deficiency of essential amino acids & the animal will have malnutrition.
Q: What determines protein quality?
A: The nutritive value of proteins is determined by the presence in adequate amounts of the 8-10 essential amino acids. It is also determined by the digestibility of the protein.
Q: What is an ideal diet for honeybees?
A: An ideal diet for bees must have the following properties:
- To be highly palatable (easily acceptable by bees).
- To be highly digestible by honeybees.
- To meet all the nutritional requirements of honeybees.
- To be composed of multiple ingredients.
- To be free from all anti-nutritional factors & toxins.
- To have long shelf life.
- To be fed all year round.