Of the four basic tastes - sweet, salty, bitter and sour - bitter sensitivity is the more pronounced.
Bitter substances are generally rejected as soon as they are detected because they are normally associated with products that are generally harmful to the animal as most poisons tastes bitter.
Pigs easily detect and reject bitter tastes. Most medicines and antibiotics are very bitter that is why its use in the feed of piglets can produce rejection or lower consumption.
To avoid this and the effect it would have on production parameters the use of zero-energy intensive sweeteners is common to counteract any disagreeable taste, especially bitter flavours.
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