Sorghum in the pet food market

When sorghum is referred to as a feed ingredient, most identify this with livestock feed. However, companion animals like cats and dogs consume more sorghum than the average pet owner may think.

Apparently, my dog Lola has been consuming sorghum in her dog food for years. Iams ProActive Healthy dog food has sorghum as one of the main ingredients. I never realized sorghum was used so commonly in the pet food market, but come to find out, this market is large, grossing $11 billion per year in the U.S.

What you may not know is sorghum is a major ingredient in many brands and types of dog foods. Investigating different labels at a local store, I noticed the majority of dog food brands contained sorghum. There is a type of dog food containing sorghum for every need, weight control, age, organic, maturity and the list goes on.

Dog food containing sorghum provides many health benefits to your beloved companion animals. Not only is it whole grain, gluten-free and high in antioxidants, it is also rich in B1, niacin, iron, zinc, dietary fiber and B2. Using sorghum in pet food also boosts smoother blood sugar behavior in dogs. All of these health benefits are perks of feeding your dog a ration with sorghum. Right now, premium and generic brand pet food manufacturers are using sorghum either for its great health benefits or due to price. The Sorghum Checkoff is in the process of working with this industry to understand what the driving force is behind the increase of sorghum in pet food.

Next time you are shopping, check out the label. Choose a healthy dog food. Choose sorghum.