Report: Traditional and Novel Carbohydrate Sources for Dogs and CatsReport: Traditional and Novel Carbohydrate Sources for Dogs and Cats
The majority of dogs and cats should not be denied carbohydrates as they are safe and serve many useful functions in pet food production and in pet animal metabolism.
December 15, 2015
In recent years, carbohydrates have fallen out of favor with many consumers and popular media, whether in human or animal nutrition. Pet food manufacturers have contributed to the movement, from grain-free marketing messages to pet food aisles dominated by grain-free formulations. However, non-structural and structural carbohydrates play important roles in dog and cat nutrition, particularly when it comes to energy sources for the animals. Examining the science behind carbohydrates is a must.
Many natural and synthetic carbohydrates are available to the pet food industry for use in all types of dietary formulas, even those that are grain-free. The majority of dogs and cats should not be denied carbohydrates as they are safe and serve many useful functions in pet food production and in animal metabolism.
Takeaways for Your Business
High-carbohydrate food sources include fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and tubers.
Man-made carbohydrates usually use starch, sucrose or lactose as starting materials.
Structural carbohydrates include the fiber component of pet food ingredients.
Employee-owned/ESOP, HORN is one of North Americas largest distributors/marketers of raw materials and specialty ingredients. Founded in 1961, HORN remains an entrepreneurial-driven company focused on improving the way companies use ingredients to help people world-wide.
HORN Animal Wellness is a business unit passionate about pets, animals and the products they come in contact with on a daily basis. This group brings valued expertise to the development of new products and solving solutions for customers.
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