The measurement of glycogen in mammalian tissue is relevant for such things as, for example, the ability to use the results of the measurement as a determination of the ultimate pH of meat. This is also a direct measure of many of the qualities of meat. Traditional methods are slow to process results, can be hazardous, inaccurate, inconsistent, time-consuming and some also use aggressive chemical reagents. This technology provides a rapid method of measuring the complex carbohydrates in mammalian tissue, comprising the steps of: extracting a sample of tissue to be tested, forming a homogenous slurry of the sample with an aqueous solution, adding sufficient hydrolysing enzyme for ensuring complete hydrolysis of glycogen in the slurry; and measuring the concentration of glucose in the slurry.
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