Legumes and quinoa are becoming increasingly interesting for the production of grain-free pet food. The nutritional profile also benefits the four-legged friends. Limagrain has developed two new products.
Quinoa is known as a superfood and provides a wide range of essential nutrients for humans and animals. Quinoa is a highly nutritious seed native to South America, where it has been an important food source for 6,000 years. When heated, the superfood is safe for dogs and is considered a healthy supplement for them, according to Limagrain.
Quinoa provides a complete source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, according to the company. It also provides fiber, B vitamins and iron, is an alternative to wheat flour and is sustainable because quinoa comes from the Netherlands and Belgium.
Limagrain Ingredients has therefore developed PetFlour Faba, a heat-treated field bean flour specifically for dog food. In the past, the use of field beans in pet food was limited due to the presence of antinutritional factors (ANFs). However, recent advances in plant breeding would have helped to reduce the presence of ANF, while advances in animal feed processing technology have resulted in the ability to effectively control the presence of certain ANF. Limagrain Ingredients' new field bean meal offers a formulation with higher nutritional value.
Faba beans contain galacto-oligosaccharides, which have a prebiotic effect and improve animal health. The limagrain process improves the availability of galacto-oligosaccharides and reduces antinutritional factors. Field bean meal is also low-glycemic, keeping the animal fuller longer due to slower digestion. Other nutritional benefits include: high levels of B vitamins and iron. In addition, it serves as a source of calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and natural antioxidants.