I have an attribute called main_category belonging to a product. When I load the product the attribute does not load with it.

If I do a


it is not included in the array.

I don't want to load the full product by doing


How can I just get this attribute without loading every attribute for each product


So I managed it by making a simple call just to the products attribute without loading the full product. Seems to be a good solution as it uses minimum resources.

    $mainCat = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product')->getAttributeRawValue($product->getId(), 'main_category');

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