truth about brewer's rice in pet food
By Stacey Gonzalez
the ingredient’s list on a bag of dog food it is easy to become
ingredients are simple- meats, fruits and vegetables. Even some
vitamins and nutrients
are familiar. But some items in that list baffle pet owners.
I often get
questions about brewer’s rice. What is it? Why is it in dog food? Where
come from? There are common misconceptions about brewer’s rice that
cleared up. With the right information you can make the best decisions
rice is small fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from
larger kernels of milled rice and can be found in some dog and cat
type of rice was traditionally used for brewing alcohol and is where
‘brewer’s rice’ originated from. The fragments of rice are not
pleasing. The perfect kernels go to human food and the broken kernels
go to dog
food. Rice is a grain.
Grains are easy to obtain and inexpensive and are often used in pet
food as a
rice- also known as broken rice- is an easily digested carbohydrate
contains fiber. Fiber is important in a dog’s diet. Although fragments
contain fewer nutrients than a whole grain of rice it is not
necessarily a bad
ingredient. It is filler- a by-product created when milling human grade
It does not contain a large amount of nutritional value nor is it
cats and dogs unless they are allergic.
rice is sold exclusively for dairy feed and pet food. This bulky fiber
fill your dog up without harming him. It is found in some super premium
foods and almost all grocery grade dog foods.
The key to
your dog’s health in regards to brewer’s rice is where it is located on
ingredient’s list. Most super premium foods use ground rice which is
nutrients. It is not uncommon to see ground rice listed third or fourth
ingredients list. Brewer’s rice however should not come third or
more brewers’ rice, the more carbohydrates and too many carbs can make
gain weight rapidly.
the right dog food with the right ingredients can be tricky and it
dog to dog. Every dog is different and that should be taken into
the low down on brewer’s rice is that it is not harmful but also not
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