Fatty acid composition and cholesterol content of different ostrich muscles
Six different muscles from the left legs of 19 African Black ostriches were analysed for cholesterol content and fatty acid composition. Cholesterol content differed (p<0·05) from 56·61 mg/100g in the M. femorotibialis medius to 71·12mg/100g in the M. iliofemoralis. Although the percentage of individual fatty acids differed (p<0·05) between muscles, and variation were found within muscles, the percentage of total saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids were relatively constant between muscles. The M. iliofemoralis presented a w6:w3 ratio of 5·21, while this characteristic was constant around a mean value of 3·93 in all other muscles. © 1998 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.