By TIAGO TEDESCHI DOS SANTOS, MIKE BEDFORD, USAMA AFTAB and GILSON GOMES*
THE use of carbohydrase enzymes in monogastric diets has increased dramatically in recent years, achieving market penetration of close to 100%.
Carbohydrase use in poultry and pig diets is driven by two main factors: (1) the effect of such enzymes on the energy utilization of the diet, allowing for a reduction in the energy content (and cost) while maintaining animal performance, and (2) the impact on lower gut fermen- tation, leading to better gut health and improved performance.
As discussed in a previous article (Feedstuffs, Sept. 2), the main hypothesis regarding how these effects are achieved is through the provision of prebiotics and reductions in the cage effect and viscosity in the gut..
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