Pet Food Ingredients

Salt: what is wrong with it?

Sodium and chloride are considered essential minerals in dog and cat diets
For years, salt had been one of those ingredients in petfood that was so innocuous it had become almost invisible. Recently, though, consumers have been expressing concerns about it. This new attention to salt indicates it has become one of those ingredients with an issue.
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Whey your protein options

As an ingredient, whey represents a quality, high protein component with nutritional and functional properties
It is becoming increasingly common to find petfoods that contain whey, a milk protein, as a prominent ingredient on their labels
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Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices

A valuable exchange of new science and information from around the world of companion animals
Companion animal researchers and industry professionals gathered recently at the annual American Society of Animal Science meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for research presentations/posters and a companion animal symposium entitled "Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices." Here are highlights from the symposium.
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Wheat gluten

The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
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Beet pulp

It's good for the gut
Sugar beets (Beta vulgaris var. altissima) are grown around the globe and are a valuable option in modern crop rotation strategies. Last year, US farmers harvested 29.9 million tons of sugar beets on 1.3 million acres. Over the past 10 years, sugar beets accounted for more than 53% of US sugar production.
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