Articles by Greg Aldrich, PhD

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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Call to action 2010

5 small steps would streamline information on petfood ingredients to help communicate with pet owners
5 small steps would streamline information on petfood ingredients to help communicate with pet owners
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The 'catch me if you can' B vitamin

Thiamine, an essential ingredient for cats and dogs, can be lost during typical petfood production
A recent recall regarding cat food suspected of being low in thiamine (vitamin B1) brings to light something that the regulatory agencies, ingredient suppliers and food industry (including petfood) have taken for granted for years-that all issues regarding vitamin losses from harvest to consumption have been conclusively modeled and addressed. Not so.
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Reaching for the extreme edge

Exotic ingredients are being added to petfoods to grab attention and capitalize on high-growth trends
Strange, new, exotic ingredients are showing up in petfoods. Sure, new ingredients have been migrating into petfood for years.
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Dietary phosphorus sources

This critical dietary element comes from common origins with uncommon names
Phosphorus is an absolutely critical dietary element. Metabolically, it is involved in the structural composition of bone, is a vital part of genetic messaging in phosphodiester linkages of DNA and RNA nucleotides, is involved with transport of energy through high-energy phosphate bonds (ATP), plays a role in systemic acid-base balance and is involved in fat and protein utilization via phospholipids and phosphoproteins.
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Mold inhibitor of choice

Potassium sorbate is safe, effective and one of the more popular ingredients for battling mold
Preventing the appearance of mold in foods is a constant battle, and petfoods are no exception. Everyone has experienced the gray-green mold on bread or splotches on cheese; with petfoods, many have had an encounter with "fuzzy" biscuits or green kibbles.
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Plankton: coming soon to a petfood near you

Microalgae products have much untapped promise for supplying essential nutrients
Petfood manufacturers have for years been aggressively exploring the world for quality economical ingredients. More recently, companies have tried to find novel and unusual ingredients to attract pet owners' attention. But a new motivation may soon be pushing the introduction of novel ingredients--scarcity.
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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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Is canola oil toxic?

We lack research about canola oil being fed to dogs or cats -- this is a gap, but not an indictment
Canola oil has become an especially popular ingredient in human nutrition circles because of its heart-healthy message. This popularity has begun to migrate to petfoods with a few specialty products that contain canola oil. But, is adding this oil to petfoods wise?
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Potato, yam or other?

Sweet potatoes have become the "darling carb" of new products and increasingly popular in specialty petfoods
Sweet potatoes have become the "darling carb" of new products and increasingly popular in specialty petfoods
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