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Just Say NO to Peas!
May 22, 2018
Peas, pea protein, dried plain beet pulp? These are all fillers that provide no nutritional benefit to our mutts. Pea Protein is not considered a beneficial ingredient to be added to dog food. It is a by-product of pea processing and is the pure plant-based protein from Peas. A relatively small amount of Pea Protein can be used to inflate the overall proportion of protein within a dog food formula and is often one of the leading culprits of a technique called ingredient splitting.
Ingredient Splitting – Beware
Ingredient Splitting is a somewhat sinister technique employed many dog food brands including some which are considered high-quality or premium. The idea is as follows. If you split up an ingredient into some sub-ingredients, then those sub-ingredients will appear lower down on the ingredient list.
Consumers have been taught in recent years to pay attention to the top 5 or top 10 ingredients listed on dog food. This technique makes it appear as if less high-quality or nutritious ingredients such as grains, vegetables or plant-byproducts are less abundant. When in reality if all these sub-ingredients were combined they would very likely take a spot near the top of the ingredient list.
The splitting of Pea-Byproducts is one of the most common examples of this technique. Quite often a dog food formula will contain Peas, Pea Protein, and Pea Flour. This technique allows a manufacturer to vastly understate or mislead the consumer on the volume of peas present.