Food Structure


Several different muscles from a population of thirty Large White male turkeys were studied by histological and histochemical methods, and a high incidence of hypercontracted fibers was noted . The fibers were characterized in cross-section by an apparent swelling, a rounded rather than polygonal shape and a homogenous appearance. They were eosinophilic, positive to Gomori-trichrome and appeared to have an elevated lipid content. An unusual histochemical profile was noted. It was postulated that the hypercontracted fibers were real , not artifnctual, and resulted from some change occurring in the muscle.

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