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INGREDIENT ISSUES

Greg Aldrich, PhD

Miscanthus grass: A new fiber
option for dog and cat diets

In recent studies, Miscanthus
grass performed similarly to
many other fiber sources for
pet food formulation, and
it may have promise as a
hairball reduction ingredient.
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Finding the right type of
fiber for pet food has been an
ongoing pursuit for many in
the field. While not an essential nutrient for dogs
or cats per se, fiber can provide benefit to their
gastrointestinal health and daily elimination
products. Further, because fiber is by definition
indigestible, it provides a mechanism to lower the
caloric density of the diet. Given that over 50% of
dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese,
energy dilution with fiber has proven to be a
valuable tool to help in weight control. There are

other values to adding fiber to the diet beyond
these nutritional applications for matters that
may seem more esoteric in nature, like assisting
cats prone to hairballs in pushing the ingested
hair toward elimination in their feces rather than
vomiting them in the living space.

A brief history of fibers in pet
food
In the past era, fibers such as wheat bran,
soy hulls and peanut hulls were used. These
have generally fallen out of vogue for one

Dr. Aldrich is president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc. He is also the author of Petfood Industry magazine's monthly
column, "Ingredient Issues."

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Contents
Why newer pet food formats like freeze dried are rising
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Insect protein key to Entoma Petfood’s innovation
Decline in dog breeders worries Japan pet food industry
How premiumization is driving pet food evolution
Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil
Clean label pet food production and marketing lessons
Chinese pet food market offers opportunities, challenges
Challenges of pet food labeling and public perception
Miscanthus grass: a new fiber option for dog and cat diets
The pet space: from online to omnichannel to omnimarket
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Decline in dog breeders worries Japan pet food industry
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - How premiumization is driving pet food evolution
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Clean label pet food production and marketing lessons
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Chinese pet food market offers opportunities, challenges
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Challenges of pet food labeling and public perception
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Miscanthus grass: a new fiber option for dog and cat diets
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - The pet space: from online to omnichannel to omnimarket
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