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INGREDIENT
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ISSUES

Greg Aldrich, PhD

Onions and garlic offer flavor in the
right amounts
ward off evil spirits from the time of the early
Egyptians to the present day. The aroma and
seasoning ability of these bulbous herbs are
substantial and unmistakable; but their use in
early human diets may have as much to do with
their ease of growth, water content, storage
capacity and preservation properties as do their
taste.

Numerous benefits for humans and
pets alike

Onions and garlic can offer
health benefits and flavor for
dogs and cats, but only at
small levels.

Editor's note: This column
originally appeared in the
November 2006 issue of
Petfood Industry.

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nions, garlic and their close cousins -
chives, shallots and leeks - have been
documented as food and medicine for well
over 5,000 years. They have been cultivated,
worshipped, valued as currency and used to

These herbs have been associated with
a number of health benefits including
cholesterol lowering, anti-hypertensive,
anti-thrombotic, anti-neoplastic and antiinfective (Tattelman, 2005). Each contains a
number of nutritionally relevant compounds
such as fructans, organic minerals, flavanoids, B vitamins and hundreds of organosulfur compounds. Extracts from both
onions and garlic have been shown to have
anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
With so many positives, it seems natural
that pet owners and well-intentioned pet
food companies would want to include them
in the diet of dogs or cats.
There are thousands of research papers
published on the merits of garlic and onions
in the human diet. The press is rife with
reports regarding their health benefits,
especially for garlic. Thus, the rationale for
incorporating these herbs into pet diets is
very compelling, especially considering how

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
DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
Combination feeding a popular option for pet parents
Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts
Cat owners want first-class citizenship for their pets
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - 5
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Speaking of…
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT3
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT4
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Combination feeding a popular option for pet parents
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
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