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Potatoes as an ingredient in our pet food
Potatoes as an ingredient in our pet food
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As pet owners, we strive to provide our furry friends with the best nutrition possible. Recognizing that dogs have evolved from their carnivorous ancestors into omnivores, it's crucial to feed them accordingly. With the growing popularity of grain-free and gluten-free diets for humans, the question arises: Are grain-free diets beneficial for our pets?

At Edgard & Cooper, we empower you to make informed choices by offering both grain-inclusive and grain-free options tailored to your dog's specific needs.

Why Choose Grain-Free?

Grains can provide important nutrients, but they can also cause digestive issues and immune reactions, particularly in pets with allergies, like the French Bulldog of our co-founder, Edgard. Some grains contain anti-nutrients that may compromise the gastrointestinal tract and exacerbate inflammation.

For those who prefer to avoid grains, Edgard & Cooper uses potatoes and peas as the main carbohydrate sources in our grain-free recipes.

Digestibility and Nutritional Value

While carbohydrates are not considered essential for dogs and cats, they can digest them. Dogs and cats have an enzyme called amylase, which breaks down complex carbohydrates for absorption and energy.

However, proper preparation is crucial, as many carbohydrates contain resistant starch, which can be indigestible unless cooked. Edgard & Cooper's extrusion process breaks down resistant starch, increasing the digestibility of the starch in their kibble.

Benefits of Potatoes and Peas

Potatoes and peas are staples in Edgard & Cooper's recipes. They offer balanced essential amino acid profiles and support a healthy glycemic response, stool quality, and microbiome. Besides being rich in essential nutrients, these ingredients are vital for the shape and texture of kibble, providing that distinct crunch that pets love.

Nutritional Benefits of Potatoes

  • Nutrient-Rich Goodness: Potatoes are a fantastic source of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B6, and potassium. These nutrients support your pet's overall health, helping to maintain strong muscles, a healthy heart, and a robust immune system.

  • Easily Digestible Carbohydrates: Potatoes offer easily digestible carbohydrates, making them a great grain-free option, especially for pets with sensitivities or allergies to grains.

  • Satisfying Fiber: Potatoes provide a good amount of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a healthy gut, which is especially beneficial for pets with digestive issues.

  • Low Fat Content: Naturally low in fat, potatoes are an excellent component of a balanced diet, particularly for pets that need to manage their weight or maintain a healthy body composition.

  • Energy Boost: The carbohydrates in potatoes are a great source of energy, supporting your pet's daily activities and overall vitality, whether they are playful pups, active adults, or senior companions.

  • Allergen-Friendly: Potatoes are not a common allergen, making them a great choice for pets with food allergies or sensitivities. The chances of a dog having an allergic reaction to potatoes are significantly lower compared to grains.

  • Versatile Ingredient: Potatoes can be used in various pet food recipes, making it easier to find a delicious meal that your pet enjoys, from kibble to wet food to treats.

As the demand for organic, natural, and grain-free diets rises, potatoes are gaining recognition as a valuable ingredient in pet food. Whether you choose grain-inclusive or grain-free recipes, Edgard & Cooper offers options tailored to your dog's unique needs.

Our commitment to using potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, and other nutritious vegetables and fruits ensures a diverse range of vitamins and minerals in our blends.

At Edgard & Cooper, we follow the FEDIAF guidelines for pets' daily nutritional needs, ensuring that every bowl is packed with essential nutrients. By incorporating healthy and fresh ingredients, we guarantee the nutrient levels necessary to keep animals healthy and sustain life. Make a mindful choice and give your pet the nutrition they deserve.

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