Benefits of Using Peas in Our Pet Foods

While whole (unflaked) green peas and other legumes like chickpeas or lentils can be challenging for some pets to digest and may cause gas, we’ve found a way to serve peas in an easily digestible ‘flaked’ form.

What is a flaked pea?
A flaked pea is a whole green pea that’s been squashed flat to break down its outer shell, so it’s actually well tolerated even by pups with sensitive tummies, especially once their intestinal flora have had a chance to develop the enzymes needed to break down the trisaccharides that legumes contain.

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Health Benefits of Peas
Green peas are a great source of nutrients like iron, Vitamins A & K, potassium, plus magnesium and phosphorus for blood, bone and muscle health. They’re also a phytonutrient powerhouse, containing antioxidants such as flavonoids (catechin and epicatechin), the carotenoid lutein and polyphenols. Peas are also a fabulous source of the master antioxidant and phytonutrient Glutathione, which is important for many functions in the body, including regulating immune response.

Green peas have a neutral thermal nature and act as a Yin Tonic, according to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Because they’re rich in soluble fiber, green peas also help to maintain healthy digestive motility.

Our human grade flaked green peas are not the same as fractional ingredients like pea fiber or pea protein, which are often used as cheap fillers in conventional pet food. In fact if you buy human foods like prepared soups, you might even consumer the exact same green peas we use in some of our recipes!

Meet the Author: Lucy Postins

Lucy Postins is founder of The Honest Kitchen as well as its Mother Hen and CEO. She is a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She is passionate about advanced nutrition and holistic health including complementary modalities such as herbalism and homeopathy. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles for local and national media, conducts radio interviews and educational spots, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners on the importance of good nutrition. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.

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