Beet Pulp In Canine Nutrition

The Scientific Facts

Among the many myths and false truths about canine nutrition that often circulate as fact is the idea that beet pulp is somehow a negative problematic ingredient. The nutritional facts are quite the opposite. Beet pulp provides beneficial fiber that is necessary for maximum digestion and the health of the canine digestive system.

Beet pulp is a very absorptive high quality fiber that is what remains after all of the sugar and color pigment naturally contained in sugar beets is removed. It is low in protein, colorless and low in all other nutrients. That is exactly what we like about it. We want the beneficial fiber only from beet pulp and we want our protein and energy to be provided from the major ingredients in the food. Beet pulp does contain some moderately digestible fiber that provides a small level of energy to the dog's diet as described below. It is not cheap filler. It is extremely clean, being sourced from FDA inspected sugar production facilities here in the USA. It contains almost zero sugar. Beet pulp is much lower in sugar than tomato pomace or many other fiber sources used in some other dog foods that ignorantly brag they don't use beet pulp. It is a valuable fiber contributor used at a precise low level in the food to bring about a much healthier digestive system and therefore a much healthier dog.

One important function of beet pulp is to provide a friendly environment for the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Digestive bacteria are present in the healthy digestive tract and have the ability to digest high quality fermentable fiber. Beet pulp's fiber fractions are partially digestible and provide energy which feeds beneficial bacteria so that they can continue to maintain a healthy acidic pH which helps prevent harmful bacteria from being able to populate and infect the digestive tract. Beet pulp is as naturally close to perfect at fitting this very important need.

A second and even more important function of beet pulp is to provide healthy fiber at low but very exacting levels to the diet. Dogs benefit tremendously from having the correct fiber level in their food. They don't need much fiber, but the fiber they need is needed badly. This important element to the diet helps moderate the passage time of the food through the digestive tract. Digestion is a process that takes time to do properly. Using just the right level of high quality beet pulp fiber provides a very special soft super water absorbent fiber that maintains control of the correct level of moisture in the digestive tract to regulate more complete digestion and nutrient absorption. It controls the rate of passage of the food as it breaks down through the digestive process into its simpler nutritional components for ready absorption. Dog foods with the correct level and type of fiber promote a digestive passage time that doesn't allow food to pass through too quickly and therefore not be digested well and cause loose stools. The healthy beet pulp fiber protects the lining of the intestines, which can be damaged by foods that pass through too dry and too slowly because of improper fiber levels or sources. Improperly formulated foods that don't have the correct fiber level are too dry as they pass through the GI tract, which may cause constipation and additional friction between the passing ingesta and the intestinal lining. This friction wears down and damages the intestinal lining over time thus decreasing the absorptive efficiency and digestive health of dogs.

Kumpi's super premium formula with the correct level of beet pulp fiber helps maintain control of the food passage rate and offers protection to the intestinal health. This is easily visible through the healthy consistent stool quality of dogs being fed straight Kumpi.

Don't fear learning the truth about the facts of canine nutrition. Fear the ignorance that is spread out in volumes from the mostly well meaning but ignorant that simply are not familiar with the science on which canine nutrition is based. So they often theorize and guess... often at your dog's expense. Canine nutrition is a science, not a group of personal opinions, biases or theories.