Students from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), teaming up for the Student Creativity Program in Exact Science Research, have innovated a method to reduce the cholesterol content in quail eggs using feed containing Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSF-L) oil.
The team comprises Setyo Nugroho, Hafidz Hukma Shabiyya Armaghoza, Sungkono, Lukman Setiyanto Widodo, and Bramasta Cahyo Saputra from the Faculty of Animal Science and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, receiving guidance from Dr. Muhsin Al Anas.
In their research, the team studied the reduction of quail egg cholesterol using BSF-L oil, which is said to contain a relatively high amount of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA).
Setyo Nugroho explained that quail eggs are a good source of nutrition for the body, containing protein, fats, vitamins A and B12, and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, choline, and folate. These eggs taste delicious and can be used to prepare many dishes.
“Unfortunately, many people avoid consuming quail eggs because they contain high cholesterol. One quail egg contains about 76 milligrams of cholesterol,” he said at the UGM campus on Monday (October 9).
Dr. Muhsin Al Anas explained that previous research had shown that MCFA can reduce cholesterol in broiler meat by reducing the speed of cholesterol synthesis by reducing HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme activity.
“Therefore, the team was interested in studying the effects of providing BSF-L oil-containing feed to reduce the cholesterol content in quail eggs,” he added.
Through this research, Dr. Muhsin Al Anas hopes to provide a breakthrough in the food industry to create healthy, high-quality food for everyone.
In the future, the development of feed technology using BSF-L oil is also expected to improve livestock performance and produce high-quality livestock products, especially quail eggs.
Author: Agung Nugroho