Enrichment of the African catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell) with functional selenium originating from garlic: effect of enrichment period and depuration on total selenium level and sensory properties
We wanted to optimize the procedure for the selenium enrichment of farmed African catfish, using garlic as dietary selenium source. In the first experiment we established the relation between the length of the selenium enrichment period and the resulting total selenium level in the fillet of the fish. It was found that at a dietary level of 11.7 mg kg-1 Se, a total selenium level in the fillet of 0.7 mg kg-1 was reached in a relatively short enrichment period of 10 days before harvest. In the second experiment we studied the effect of depuration on the selenium level in the fillet and the sensory properties of selenium-enriched African catfish. It was found that total selenium levels in the fillet were not affected during a 7-day depuration period, while garlic odours and flavours in the raw and cooked fillets were significantly reduced after 2 days of depuration. We concluded that selenium enrichment of farmed African catfish can be obtained by selenium-enriched finishing diets, while garlic odours and flavours resulting from dietary garlic can be effectively reduced in the fillet during a short depuration period without negatively affecting fillet levels of total selenium.
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