In our new Pure Vita Beef, Duck and Venison grain free dog foods, we've replaced peas with lentils.
Why these vegetables at all? In making dry pet food, there needs to be a starchy carbohydrate to bind the kibble together. Always learning more about the health of your pets, KLN family brands decided to use lentils in their new formulas due to their outstanding health benefits.
Many foods have been ranked on what is called the Glycemic Index (GI). This is a relative ranking of the carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood sugar (glucose) levels when eaten. This is important because high sugar levels in the blood can cause short and long term health complications, diabetes being one example.
Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels. The resulting smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels produced is good for long term health, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
You can see that it's better for both you and your pet's health to consume low ranked vegetables. Green and red lentils, the ones in Pure Vita are all ranked in the 20's and 30's – concidered very low.
For pets that have diabetes, because of their low sugar content and high fiber, lentils are favored as a carbohydrate if there has to be one in the diet.
They also are an excellent source of iron which is a needed mineral that provides your furry pet the amount of energy required to be healthy and active.
So, next time you're planning what you and your dog are going to eat, grab yourself some lentil soup, pick up some of our new Pure Vita dog food with duck, venison or beef, at your favorite family owned pet supply store, and sit down and eat well together. Win, win!
Oh, by the way, most every one of the stores that carries our food, will have free samples for you to try. Great way to know if your dog and cat will like the food. Ask for them. Or go ahead – be bold and buy a bag and don't worry if your pet won't eat it (very unlikely). We also have a 100% guarantee on the food, no matter where you buy it, so you can return it and get your money back. Nothing to lose, I say, and everything for your pet to gain.