Monday, August 28, 2017

Fats: Not Just an Equine Diet Fad - Full Article

By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS Aug 14, 2017

Fats serve many important functions for your horse, from increasing calorie consumption to reducing gastric ulcer severity

Society has seen its share of diet crazes, even in the past decade. From low-carb and high-protein to low-fat and high-fiber, trends have come and gone and come again, making food selection challenging. Luckily, horse owners don’t have as many options when they’re picking their charges’ feed. As herbivores, our horses’ diets must be high-fiber complemented by a commercial product fit to meet their life stage (performance, breeding, growing, etc.). The high-fat diet era began as a way to effectively increase calories without drastically increasing feed volume and, as researchers learn more about the benefit of fats for our four-legged friends, it appears that high-fat diets are here to stay.

What Exactly are Fats?

Fats and oils are part of a class of molecules called lipids. Structurally, all fats contain the following components:

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