Fibers and Legumes

Pea fiber: a functional petfood ingredient

With a label-friendly name, pea fiber offers an effective, reasonable alternative fiber source for companion animal diets
Pea fiber can be found in an increasing number of petfoods, especially in the premium, holistic and alternative format products. This ingredient is relatively new to petfoods and may be a strategic addition to counteract a growing consumer discontent with beet pulp and an absolute resistance to any of the functional fibers derived from wheat (e.g., bran), corn (corn bran) or soy (soyhulls)—all commonly perceived as cheap fillers. While this impression about the functional utility of these standard fibers is a long way from the truth, it certainly underscores that consumer perception rules the day.
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Peas in petfood

The lowly pea appears to be an effective ingredient for the next generation of dog and cat diets
As petfood companies and pet owners continue to explore a broader range of ingredient options, the lowly pea (Pisum sativum) has been gaining in popularity. Not to be confused with the fresh or succulent green pea, the type that is being used in an ever widening array of applications is dried peas.
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Pulses: new ingredients for petfoods?

With the availability of quality ingredients declining, perhaps we need to explore this category
In the search for new, high quality, raw material sources with consumer appeal and a solid nutritional pedigree, pulses are one class of ingredient that the petfood industry has all but completely overlooked. Is that because of limited availability, poor acceptability by the pet, misperceptions about acceptable ingredients for pets or some other intrinsic nutritional or health issue?
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Functional fiber with color

Tomato pomace has the potential to provide additional nutrition and health benefits
According to the US Department of Agriculture, tomatoes are the second most popular vegetable crop behind potatoes, with an annual average per capita consumption of 71 pounds going into juice, sauce and paste. The backstory is that 10-30% of this is seeds, skin and pulp, with no ready market in the human food aisle. This translates into an estimated 750,000 metric tons of dried tomato pomace potentially available to pet and livestock feed markets.
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Cheap filler or nutritious fiber?

Use of wheat bran and middlings in petfood emerged from positive performance in feed applications
Wheat bran and middlings are two closely related by-products from wheat flour milling that have traditionally been considered laxatives for people or feed for livestock. Use of wheat bran and middlings in petfood emerged from positive performance in feed applications and their relatively low cost when teamed with commodity ingredients like meat and bone meal, corn and soybean meal in economy or value brands.
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Rice bran: filler or functional fiber?

Some of these so-called fillers may actually be positive additions to pet diets
A common claim in marketing petfoods has been the statement "no fillers." The connotation of the filler has been that of chaff and other inert fractions that occur during the milling process; fractions such as bran, middlings and hulls were figuratively and often literally swept up into one bucket. The challenge, as we learn more about the beneficial effects of various fiber fractions, is that some of these so-called fillers may actually be positive additions to pet diets.
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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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Fiber to the max
Cellulose is the structural carbohydrate that provides strength and rigidity to trees, blades of grass, stalks of wheat, bolls of cotton and is one of the most abundant biological polymers in the world. It is where most of the carbon from the photosynthetic conversion of CO2 to O2 is deposited. 
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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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