The Pellet Project: Totally Organics Pellets
June 23, 2011 § 7 Comments
I’ve finally completed the very first pellet included in the Pellet Project, my glossary of pellet ingredients! The first up is Totally Organics Pellets (TOPs). You can read all about the individual ingredients on the glossary. This entry will serve as a brief way of putting it all together and an analysis of the ingredients in conjunction with each other. I am following the color coding on the Pellet Project page.
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Certified Organic Ingredients: Rice, hulled millet, barley, alfalfa leaf, sunflower seed hulled, sesame seeds unhulled, quinoa whole, buckwheat hulled, dandelion leaf powder, carrot powder, spinach leaf powder, purple dulse, kelp, rose hips powder, rose hips crushed, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, rosemary whole leaf, cayenne ground, crushed red chili peppers, nettle leaf.
Guaranteed Analysis: Protein min 13%, Crude Fiber min 12%, Fat min 7%
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As the vast majority of green ingredients shows, Totally Organics Pellets have quite the impressive ingredients list. Unlike the majority of pellets that are a concoction of wheat/corn/soy along with synthetic vitamins and preservatives, TOPs opts to use much healthier base ingredients derived from whole grains and seeds. The rice is brown rice, and it even contains a number of healthful leafy green such as alfalfa, dandelion, and spinach. It also contains a number of healthy herbs associated with a number of healing properties, as well as antimicrobial ingredients that act as natural preservatives, and finally, appetite stimulants. It has low levels of both protein and fat, which are often key problems with pellets in various species.
One of the most common complaints lodged against TOPs is that they do not add any vitamins. A close analysis of the ingredients, however, would show that TOPs includes all vitamins (A, the B complex, C, D, E, and K) and rather than in the synthetic form, in the natural form, meaning that they cannot be overdosed on or lead to vitamin toxicity.
Finally, Totally Organics contains 100% organic and human grade ingredients indicating a high quality product, and they are cold-pressed rather than baked or heated to minimize nutrient loss. The company also stresses on the packaging that TOPs are only a part of a healthy diet and that a variety of other foods are necessary for health.