The rising popularity of plant superfoods in pet food corresponds to people’s demands for farm produce that produces health results in their own diets.
These superfood plants contain a range of beneficial chemicals, or phytonutrients, that boost a person or pet’s health and wellness in some way beyond that of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Although there’s no legal or medical definition of a superfood, these ingredients became especially popular in premium and superpremium pet foods and treats.
These superfood ingredients can also play a role in plant-based pet foods or as substitutes for other ingredients. Especially when pet owners eat more vegetarian diets for ethical reasons, they want their pets to eat the same. Pet owners may be more attuned to animal welfare claims on pet products. For those pet owners who don’t want to feed an animal product to their dogs or cats, pet food formulators have a range of options.
As functional ingredients or part of plant-based pet foods recipes, these five superfoods covered in Ingredients Issues may have places in dog, cat and other pet food formulations.
Spinach: Is this original superfood beneficial for dogs and cats?
Cruciferous vegetables: “Superfoods” in dog and cat diets?
Coconut meal for dog and cat diets Is this a good option?
Beyond grain free: Chia as a modern ancient grain for dogs and cats
Blueberries: Does this superfood have a place in pet food?
Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as a senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Live Science, Discovery News, Honduras Weekly, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds an M.A. in journalism and an M.S. in natural resources, both from the University of Missouri - Columbia, along with a bachelor's degree in biology.
Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated with the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated regenerative agriculture, along with other projects.
Contact Wall via https://www.wattglobalmedia.com/contact-us/
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