This study was carried out to evaluate total lipids (TL), cholesterol and fatty acids (FA) in the longissimus dorsi muscle of Bos taurus (n=40) and Bos indicus (n=40) bulls, aged 30-36 months and 240-270 kg carcass weight, finished in the feedlot for 90 days. The total lipids content was similar in both groups. Cholesterol was higher in Bos indicus (66.95 mg/100 g) than in Bos taurus (37.37 mg/100 g). For saturated fatty acids, the means for C14:0 and C18:0 were higher in Bos indicus (3.52 and 22.45%), than in Bos taurus (3.08 e 18.67%). The C16:0 was higher in Bos taurus (26.14%), as compared to Bos indicus (24.77%). For monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), Bos taurus had higher levels of C14:1 cis9, C16:1 cis9, C18:1 cis9, ΣMUFA but lower levels of C:18:1 trans. For polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), Bos taurus presented higher percentages of C18:3 n-3, C20:4 n-6 and C22:5 n-3. The C18:2 n-6, CLA, C20:5 n-3, C22:6 n-3, ΣPUFA and Σn-6 FA were similar between the groups. The ratio n-6/n-3 was lower in Bos taurus (4.63) than in Bos indicus (5.70). In general, there was a genetic influences in the cholesterol and fatty acids of cattle profile, and this effect was more pronounced for saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.
cholesterol; fatty acids; supplementation