Pea protein & dogfood

Nutritional Information
Peas are made up of 73% carbohydrates, 26% protein, and 1% fat. In fact, as a vegetable, peas have exceptionally high protein content. Peas are also a great source dietary fiber, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. The iron in peas is necessary for your dog’s production of hemoglobin, which helps to carry oxygen through his body. 
 
Benefits of Peas
Peas contain a number of phytonutrients including, saponins, flavanols, and phenolic acids. These work as antioxidants. Some research indicates that the intake of green peas results in lower incidences of diabetes. These nutrients may help to protect against cancer, and also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
 
How Peas are used in Dog Food
Peas are usually included in dog food to help boost protein content as well as provide fiber. It comes in three basic formats:
  • Peas, whole peas
  • Pea Protein. A concentrated, easily digestible source of quality vegetable protein. This is considered a concentrated, quality protein source that few dogs are allergic to.
  • Pea Fiber – containing few of the other vitamins and minerals associated with the whole pea, pea fiber is highly prized for its fiber content. It makes a good gluten-free carbohydrate source.
Pea Concerns
Minor concerns exist for peas which dog owners may want to be aware of. Peas contain some difficult to digest substances which may produce gassiness. Otherwise, peas may produce slightly larger stool volume.
 
Source: http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-ingredients/peas-and-pea-protein-dog-food
 
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