Pet Food Ingredients


Does it need to be added to dog and cat foods?
One of the first reports in the literature regarding taurine was its isolation from ox bile in 1901; hence its name was derived from "Taurus" the bull. That's why, among other reasons, today it is found associated with energy drinks like Red Bull, fueling the perception of strength and vitality.
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Vitamin E

Not all vitamin E is created equal
Vitamin E, in the parlance of nutrition, is a key nutrient with specific physiological functions and a chemical with varied configurations and properties. In petfood, we also speak of vitamin E as an ingredient purchased as part of a vitamin premix.
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Not just any ordinary carb
Wheat is the oldest of crops, with the earliest recorded cultivation more than 15,000 years ago. Today, over 4,000 varieties are grown around the world (Posner, 2000). 
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Egg not such a simple ingredient for pet food

Additional studies needed to determine egg’s effect on dog and cat nutrition
There is nothing simpler and better understood than the egg. Right? Well, egg (product) may be a common ingredient in dog and cat foods, but it’s far from “simple” and frankly may not be all that well understood.
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Barley: a small grain that deserves consideration

Ingredient is a natural choice for specialized obesity and diabetic pet diets
When one contemplates the use of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), thoughts typically turn to beer making or livestock feed; not pet food. However, this grain may have a number of beneficial places in pet food diets and shouldn’t be summarily dismissed.
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Slow adoption of fructooligosaccharide in pet foods

Much technical information and benefits are available
There has been a great deal of detailed research published regarding the fructan sugar fructooligosaccharide (FOS) in the past couple of years. FOS acts like a fiber and has beneficial effects on gut health. A special term “prebiotic” has even been coined to describe the beneficial relationship these sugars have in supplying nutrients to gut bacteria.
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