Dispelling common pet food myths to help you make an informed dog or cat food choice. One ingredient associated with many misconceptions is beet pulp...
Wednesday 20th November 2019
One ingredient associated with many misconceptions is beet pulp. You will find this listed in the composition section of our labels. It is an important and nutritionally valuable ingredient and here is why!
Myth: Beet pulp is a poor quality, cheap filler with little nutritional value to my pet.
To summarise – beet pulp may help your dog or cat to feel satisfactorily full, but it is certainly not a ‘cheap filler’ and plays an important role as the main fibre source within the Arden Grange recipes.
Fact: This myth has arisen from the fact that beet pulp comes from the sugar beet plant. However, the sugar has been extracted beforehand for use in the human food industry. Fibre is important for maintaining stable blood glucose levels, and at the correct proportion, may help to reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes mellitus and obesity.
Fact: This is a common misconception which arose due to a belief that beet pulp is the same as beetroot and therefore purple in colour. In fact, it is pale in colour and there is no scientific evidence at all to link it with coat colour changes.
A true food allergy is an immune response to a protein. Beet pulp does contain a small protein fraction (less than ten per cent), but it is rarely associated with allergies. Some of the more common dietary allergens include wheat gluten, beef, soya and dairy products – none of which are used in the Arden Grange recipes.
By Ness Bird - Nutrition Adviser and RVN CertCFVHNut ©