Beet Pulp: An Important Source of Fiber in IAMS Dog Foods

Beet pulp is the material that remains after sugar is extracted from sugar beets. It's not red beets. It's not a sugar source. It's an important source of fiber that helps your dog maintain intestinal health and enhances his ability to absorb ingredients.

Fiber and Beet Pulp

There are two types of fiber: Non-fermentable and fermentable. Non-fermentable fiber remains undigested as it passes through a dog's intestines, providing bulk to move wastes out. Cellulose is an example of a non-fermentable fiber.

In contrast, fermentable fiber is broken down in the intestines into short-chain fatty acids that provide energy for cells that line the intestine.

Moderately fermentable fiber does both. It provides bulk to move waste and energy for cells lining the intestine. Beet pulp is a moderately fermentable fiber. IAMS products contain a patented, moderately-fermentable fiber, beet pulp, to keep your dog's digestive system healthy.

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The Truth About Beet Pulp

Beet pulp contains no toxins and is not harmful. It is a very safe fiber source. Beet pulp does not affect coat color. There is nothing in beet pulp that can affect coat pigment the inside is light in color and the dark outside peel is not used in our foods.

Beet pulp does not contain sugar. By definition, beet pulp is the material left over after the sugar is removed from sugar beets. Therefore, beet pulp contains no sugar.

There is no evidence that beet pulp causes bloat. Bloat (gastric dilatation-volvulus or GDV) is related to a stomach defect that delays emptying. It is believed that bloat is not related to diet or ingredients, such as beet pulp. However, the cause of bloat remains unknown.

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Beet Pulp and Research

IAMS has conducted extensive research on many types of fiber. The results of this research points to the fact that beet pulp promotes a healthy intestine and works with other nutrients to provide optimal nutrition in all of our products. No other food manufacturer can match our formulas. Only IAMS holds a patent for moderately fermentable beet pulp.

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