Food & Health

Healthy Pets, Healthy Planet

Health benefits of pulses benefit animals, as well as humans. Protein, fibre and complex carbohydrates help combat chronic disease and other health issues.

Vegetables are a well known ingredient for both cats and dogs. Pulse crops contain large amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber which aid in the health of the digestive system, assist with weight control and lower blood sugar helping to prevent the onset of diabetes. Insoluble fiber passes through the digestive system regulating bowel function and preventing constipation. Soluble fiber such as beta-glucan, inulin and other polysaccharides are fermented in the intestinal tract stimulating the production of good bacteria for a healthy gut and also aid to slow the absorption of glucose thereby helping to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Legumes are one of the best sources of soluble fiber for your pet. At the same time, these ingredients are a good source of digestible protein required for growth and maintenance as well as supporting a healthy immune system. Peas are a natural food ingredient and pets love the taste. Peas are grown in very large volumes in Canada, so a good supply is readily available. The whole pea or pea fractions may be used as ingredients in pet food. The primary components of pea fractionation are starch, fibre and protein (which contains over 50% of crude protein, making it comparable to other protein concentrates).

When used to meet specific nutritional profiles for retail product, pulses are a high quality and safe animal food ingredient.

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