A Kansas State University researcher in animal sciences and industry has developed a technique that enriches ground beef with omega-3 fatty acids — fatty acids that have been shown to reduce heart disease, cholesterol and high blood pressure, the university said in a news release.
The enriched ground beef is named GreatO Premium Ground Beef and is being sold through Manhattan-based company NBO3 Technologies LLC. It will be available mid-February at select retailers in Buffalo, N.Y., and expand to leading retailers and restaurants nationwide later this year.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and plant oils. The U.S. currently does not have a recommended daily intake of omega-3s, though many doctors and nutritionists recommend between 1,200-1,600 milligrams daily, depending on a person’s age and health.
A quarter-pound hamburger made of the enriched ground beef has 200 milligrams of omega-3s and tastes the same as regular ground beef, said Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry. This makes the ground beef an alternative for people who want to add or increase their omega-3 fatty acids intake but do not want fish or supplements to do so, the researchers said..