Articles by Greg Aldrich, PhD

Are all chicken fats created equal?

Ingredient is popular in pet food
In the diet, fat provides a concentrated source of energy, essential fatty acids, a route for fat sol-uble vitamin absorption, aroma, and flavor. So, choosing the right fat source is important.
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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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Mystique around lamb meal

For such a popular ingredient, why isn’t there more nutritional information available?
Lamb meal, as in “lamb meal and rice formulas,” is a distinct and specific ingredient with its own “nutritional mystique” – at least according to consumers.
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Why aren’t pet food manufacturers on the soy bandwagon?

No mainstream pet food products promote soy as a benefit for dog or cat health
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.
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Protein and rice trend emerging in pet food

Is there a nutritional rationale for the popularity of rice in pet food?
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.
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