Feedinfo interview: Organic acids and monoglycerides can play a critical role in your gut health strategy.

Two of Eastman’s leading experts on animal nutrition were interviewed recently by Feedinfo. The conversation was focused on organic acids and their derivatives and how those products help farmers use fewer antibiotics.

Product lines, including monoglycerides, enhance the ability to resist microbial growth and act more potently and farther into the gastrointestinal tract. This is because the activity of monoglycerides is independent of pH, unlike straight organic acids.

For example, the Eastman Entero-Nova™ line facilitates healthy animal production by taking advantage of different organic acid derivatives to support the animal in different ways, such as managing the microbiome and supporting a healthy immune system of the animal.

Combining monoglycerides of organic acids with straight organic acids can form part of an effective gut health strategy. Due to the different chemical structure of these molecules, their mode of action is different. Simultaneous use will give beneficial effects throughout the gastro-intestinal tract of the animal.

Gut Health Strategy

As pressure increases on producers to find new ways of feeding animals without the old tools, monoglycerides and their combinations are emerging as an interesting part of the solution.

Eastman's expertise in this area was enhanced by their acquisition in 2021 of 3F Feed and Food, one of Europe’s leading developers of organic acid derivatives. This added technology enables the company to further bolster nutritionists’ strategies to increase productivity and resiliency.

Whether it is to tackle pathogen pressure or to improve general gut health, Eastman’s dedicated technical service team can formulate the concept that best fits a customer’s challenges by combining various organic acid derivatives with different modes of action.

Eastman’s monoglyceride solutions are helpful in a broad range of contexts. Eastman’s Keitex™ and Acitra™ product lines are effective solutions to problems of feed hygiene and gastrointestinal health. These products have been shown to reduce bacteria counts and reduce pH, which helps with protein digestion.