Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Oat Fiber

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What is Oat Fiber?

Oat fiber is derived from oats, a type of cereal grain that is commonly used in livestock feed.  Oat fiber is often extracted from the outer casing of the oat grain.

 

Common names for Oat Fiber

The most common name variations include other oat derivative products including oat hull, oat meal, and oat groats.

 

Why is Oat Fiber included in dog food?

Oat fiber is a good source of dietary fiber and is high in protein (although we prefer foods that use named meats and fish as their protein source).  Dietary fibers have been gaining renewed interest in the pet food industry, due to their important role in the digestive process.

 

Is Oat Fiber a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

We found “oat fiber” in just over 2 % of dog foods.  A more generic search found that “oat” is used in almost 28% of dog foods.

 

Common benefits or risks of Oat Fiber

Oat fiber provides fiber, which helps move food through the digestive tract slowly, which further helps to optimize the absorption of nutrients.  Oat fiber can improve stool quality.

Oat fiber also is a source of protein.  One ounce of oats provides over 4 grams of protein.

Oat fiber is rich in vitamins, including thiamin and folate, and minerals including phosphorous, magnesium, and iron).

Consuming too much oat fiber can cause some problems, including a potential calcium deficiency (possible due to a calcium / phosphorous imbalance).

 

Miscellaneous facts about Oat Fiber

Oat fiber can help to reduce cholesterol in humans.

Oats are also commonly used as feed for horses.

 

Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

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Due to its rich source of fiber, oat fiber gets a “smiley” rating.

 

Sources and further reading

http://www.journalofanimalscience.org/content/70/4/1169.long

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oat_fiber

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We’re joining the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop sponsored by Sugar, the Golden Retriever and Kolchak from Kol’s Notes:

 

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16 Comments

  1. Yay for oats! I have oats in my Christmas cookies on my blog today!
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  2. I’ve always thought oats were a good thing, so glad to hear that confirmed! We have some dog cookie recipes with them in them, and we’re going to try the ones Emma shared too. Not just the dogs, but I love them too!
    Jan K recently posted…Black & White Sunday – Squee!!!My Profile

    • Fiber is a good thing for both humans and dogs. Want to go grain free for the dog? There are lots of alternatives that will provide fiber.
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  3. Yum, I love sneaking a taste of Ma’s oatmeal in the mornings!
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  4. Great fiber facts today Slim! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady recently posted…All that Christmas stuff!My Profile

    • Thanks. Fiber rocks. Plenty of grain free sources of fiber also, for those who prefer not to serve oat to their pets.
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  5. Thank you for this – I often wonder what certain ingredients are and then either forget or am too lazy to look it up!
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    • Laziness perhaps. It is somewhat excusable because there are so many darn ingredients on the labels. Leave it to us, we will work through the list and keep you up to speed 🙂
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  6. We’ve been following your alphabet and had no idea there were so many different ingredients. Is there an X? We’re betting you have to skip it.
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  7. Mom always adds oats in my cookies/treats. She loves making roasted honey oats. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  8. Love the smiley rating! 🙂 My dogs loved to eat up the grain after I fed the horses.
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  9. We feed grain free foods, but I don’t have an issue with grains in treats because the dogs don’t get a lot of those. I think that ingredient may be more common in treats.
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