Recently, clients have asked me to review their food labels and one ingredient has been showing up frequently is powdered cellulose. What the heck it that?
This hard to understand definition is put forth by the organization, AAFCO (look on your food bag) that “ensures” pet food is balanced to meet a minimum nutrition level: purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as pulp from fibrous plant material.
Let’s put it in English: wood shavings or wood pulp. Yummy – not really. We pay for that.
Anyway, here’s what the Wall Street Journal says about it, and some of the not so awesome places wood shavings shows up in our human food.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com
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