Effect of gut stress induced by oxidized wheat gluten on the growth performance, gut morphology and oxidative states of broilers
Wheat gluten (WG) is a kind of storage protein, accounting up to 8% and 20% in wheat seed and bran respectively. The wheat will be stored for several years before it was added to feed. Free radicals generated during cereal storage or feed processing (Howell, Saeed, Basu, Temple, & Garg, 1999; Sun‐Waterhouse, Zhao, & Waterhouse, 2014) could lead to oxidative reaction of protein. However, whether the oxidized wheat gluten (OG) has any adverse effect on gut health of broiler remains unclear. This study was designed to investigate the influence of OG on the growth performance, and whether OG could induce stress state of broiler's gut.