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Old 11-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm losing my mind here. Can someone please break out for me the following:

Grains vs. Non-Grains of common ingredients in pet foods/treats. E.g. Wheat is a grain, Potato is grain free etc. I'm not looking for all of them, just the most common. Corns, wheat, etc.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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considered Grains
Wheat, Corn, Oats, Rice, Barley, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Lentils

In dog food considered grain free
Potato, Sweet Potato, Tapioca, chickpeas, alfalfa


Not sure if soybeans are considered a grain.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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soybeans and peas are fiber sources, as are all legumes (chickpeas fall under this category as well)...at least in the culinary world. alfalfa is generally categorized a grain. tapioca is like potatoes and sweet potatoes - it's a starch derived from a tuber.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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soybeans and peas are fiber sources, as are all legumes (chickpeas fall under this category as well)...at least in the culinary world. alfalfa is generally categorized a grain. tapioca is like potatoes and sweet potatoes - it's a starch derived from a tuber.
There is alfalfa in Honest Kitchen in a variety that says Grain Free.
The others I get different answers on different websites so I am unsure.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I changed my original post because it was making me confused lol
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interesting. i'm looking deeper into this. Wiki states it's a legume, but i've always heard it referred to as a grain.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Grain free dog food still has to use "something" to bind the kibble. Most use potato and some use tapioca.
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But be careful of the potato ones - if they use potato from non-US sources, it is probably what is leftover from making glue from the Amflora potato - not really a food at all but a genetically engineered biological source for starch.

See Linda's post: TOTW and Potatoes
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interesting. i'm looking deeper into this. Wiki states it's a legume, but i've always heard it referred to as a grain.
Grains generally are the seed of a grass. Soy beans are a legume like peas.
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Grains generally are the seed of a grass. Soy beans are a legume like peas.
I think falnfenix was referring to alfalfa
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I think falnfenix was referring to alfalfa
that i was! everything i've found shows alfalfa is, in fact, a legume...it's just treated like a grass/hay for livestock feeding, so i assumed it was a grass.
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