Dog food ingredients
Carrageenans have been used as a functional ingredient for wet dog food for a long time, Gellan gum is another new ingredient.
Carrageenan is a common food addiitve both in pet food and human food. It is extracted from seaweed through the use of a chemical solvent. It is used as a thickener and binder in canned pet food, as well as in many human foods.
Food-grade or “undegraded” carrageenan is on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) list of items that are “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)” and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines it as an acceptable emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickener.
Degraded carrageenan, which occurs at high temperatures and acidity, has been associated with ulcerations in the gastro-intestinal tract and gastrointestinal cancer in animals.
- Reduced syneresis
- Prevents separation of fat
- Homogenous moisture distribution in the can
- Helps maintain necessary viscosity
- Improves richness of the sauce
- Easier removal of the product from the can
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