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Balancing macronutrient intake in a mammalian carnivore: disentangling the influences of flavour and nutrition

Overview of attention for article published in Royal Society Open Science, June 2016
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Title
Balancing macronutrient intake in a mammalian carnivore: disentangling the influences of flavour and nutrition
Published in
Royal Society Open Science, June 2016
DOI 10.1098/rsos.160081
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Authors

Adrian K. Hewson-Hughes, Alison Colyer, Stephen J. Simpson, David Raubenheimer

Abstract

There is a large body of research demonstrating that macronutrient balancing is a primary driver of foraging in herbivores and omnivores, and more recently, it has been shown to occur in carnivores. However, the extent to which macronutrient selection in carnivores may be influenced by organoleptic properties (e.g. flavour/aroma) remains unknown. Here, we explore the roles of nutritional and hedonic factors in food choice and macronutrient balancing in a mammalian carnivore, the domestic cat. Using the geometric framework, we determined the amounts and ratio of protein and fat intake in cats allowed to select from combinations of three foods that varied in protein : fat (P : F) composition (approx. 10 : 90, 40 : 60 and 70 : 30 on a per cent energy basis) to which flavours of different 'attractiveness' (fish, rabbit and orange) were added. In two studies, in which animal and plant protein sources were used, respectively, the ratio and amounts of protein and fat intake were very consistent across all groups regardless of flavour combination, indicating regulation of both protein and fat intake. Our results suggest that macronutrient balancing rather than hedonistic rewards based on organoleptic properties of food is a primary driver of longer-term food selection and intake in domestic cats.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Mexico 1 2%
Netherlands 1 2%
Unknown 43 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 13%
Other 6 13%
Student > Bachelor 5 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 9%
Researcher 4 9%
Other 11 24%
Unknown 9 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 36%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 9 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Environmental Science 2 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 4%
Other 4 9%
Unknown 10 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 856. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 February 2021.
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#10,058
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#273
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Outputs of similar age from Royal Society Open Science
#2
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