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.
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.
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.
Soy has become very popular in today’s human diet and health press. Newspaper and magazine articles tout the benefits of soy, and promotions for soy-enriched products seem to be everywhere, especially with the current popularity of low-carb diets.
While browsing at the pet food store recently, a pattern emerged that I hadn’t previously noticed: a “protein and rice” theme. There was the old standard “Lamb & Rice” which is now flanked by Chicken & Rice, Turkey & Rice, Beef & Rice, etc.