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Gelatin: Has its time come for pet food applications?

While not a significant ingredient in today’s pet food and treat formulas, the potential for innovative solutions may warrant giving gelatin another look.
While not a significant ingredient in today’s pet food and treat formulas, the potential for innovative solutions may warrant giving gelatin another look.
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Xanthan gum: Functional carbohydrate for petfoods?

This specialty ingredient used in vegetarian and gluten-free diets could have applications as a thickener and stabilizer in petfoods.
Xanthan gum is found occasionally in pet products, most commonly in wet foods and periodically in sauces and gravies, milk replacers and other liquid supplements. While one can find this ingredient in the specialty grocery aisle for vegetarian and gluten-free dietary needs, it is not what one would consider mainstream.
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Is ‘natural’ glycerin a good petfood ingredient?

Confusion over this ingredient may be arising from the entry of a new supply stream into the market
In the past several months, a recurring question from manufacturers of treats and semi-moist petfoods has come up: “Can we use ‘natural’ glycerin in our foods?” The quick answer is yes, but why are they asking this? There seems to be confusion creeping into the market; maybe some sort of controversy is brewing about glycerin.
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Plasma: thermoplastic gel with pet health benefits

Plasma is a high-quality, natural component that should be considered a valuable part of a dog or cat diet
To the couch potato, the word “plasma” likely conjures up thoughts of a new television; to Trekkies, it’s the high-energy gaseous field the USS Enterprise has to traverse periodically. In other words, the term by itself doesn’t necessarily conjure up a yuck factor.
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Guar gum’s invisible presence in petfood

Found in nearly every brand of wet petfood, this ingredient is a real behind-the-scenes aid to the canning process
Guar gum is a common, but nearly invisible, ingredient in petfoods. It is found in almost every brand of wet petfood, whether marketed at a farm-and-fleet, grocery, big-box, indie or boutique store. However, you won’t find this ingredient on the shelf by itself at your local grocery, and it has low recognition with consumers.
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Carrageenan: for appearance's sake only?

What is this quiet, unassuming ingredient, and should it be there?
Carrageenan is added to help form a loaf (meatloaf), retain moisture in the loaf and bind the contents together so they slide from the can intact. This ingredient is often lumped into the category of gels and thickeners, which "foodies" call hydrocolloids.
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