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Table 3 Daily food intake, changes in body weights, and relative organ weights in hamsters fed one of the five diets

From: Effects of hawthorn seed oil on plasma cholesterol and gut microbiota

  NCD HCD LHSO HHSO PCD p value
Daily food intake (g/d) 8 ± 0 9 ± 1 9 ± 1 9 ± 1 9 ± 1 0.95
Body weight (g)
 Initial 115 ± 9 114 ± 7 114 ± 9 115 ± 7 117 ± 10 0.96
 Final 133 ± 13 128 ± 11 133 ± 12 134 ± 10 137 ± 16 0.77
Relative organ weight (% body weight)
 Heart 0.4 ± 0.0a 0.3 ± 0.0b 0.3 ± 0.0b 0.3 ± 0.0b 0.3 ± 0.0ab 0.01
 Testis 3.1 ± 0.3 2.6 ± 0.7 2.4 ± 0.7 2.9 ± 0.3 2.2 ± 0.8 0.08
 Kidney 0.8 ± 0.2 0.8 ± 0.0 0.8 ± 0.1 0.7 ± 0.0 0.8 ± 0.1 0.99
 Perirenal adipose tissue 1.5 ± 0.5 1.5 ± 0.3 1.4 ± 0.2 1.5 ± 0.2 1.5 ± 0.2 0.91
 Epididymal adipose tissue 2.1 ± 0.6 1.8 ± 0.3 1.6 ± 0.1 1.9 ± 0.3 1.9 ± 0.4 0.28
 Liver 4.9 ± 0.7bc 5.7 ± 0.6a 5.2 ± 0.4ab 5.3 ± 0.3ab 4.6 ± 0.3c  < 0.01
  1. NCD, Non-cholesterol diet; HCD, 0.15% Cholesterol diet; LHSO, Hawthorn seed oil substituting 50% lard; HHSO, Hawthorn seed oil substituting 100% lard, PCD, HCD with 0.5% cholestyramine
  2. Data is expressed as mean ± S.D., where different letters in superscript indicate statistical difference, p < 0.05