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Why Potato Starch?

When pet food manufacturers first created kibble in 1956, they discovered that it needed some sort of binder to hold it together. Starch worked best, so they used starch from grains such as corn, wheat, or oats.

Today’s pet foods, however, have moved away from grain products. Rice, potatoes, and peas are popular substitutes, but they still contain plant proteins. Peas, for example, contain up to four times as much plant protein as corn.

 

Young Again dog and some of our cat foods, include a purified potato starch as a binder (our ZERO line of foods contain none). Purified potato starch does not contain plant proteins. Without plant proteins, only the carbohydrates/starch remain. And because potato starch molecules are large, they are an efficient binder requiring a lot less quantity- 2/3 lower inclusion rate. Young Again cat kibble, for instance, is comprised of less than 6% starch, as opposed to the 20 to 30% starch used by other companies.

 

Purified potato starch has proven to be an efficient, low-carbohydrate binder. It is one more way that Young Again offers the best products for your pet’s continuing health and happiness.

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