Pea fiber is suggested to have significant cardiovascular benefit, primarily via cholesterol reducing mechanisms. It has also been shown to dissolve blood-clots and promote satiety, thereby aiding in weight-loss. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Pea fiber?
Pea fiber is a fine powdered material made from the milling of the seed coats of peas. Pea fiber provides nutritional benefits including dietary fiber fortification, low calorie formulation, and allergen, gluten, and lactose free solutions, as well as yield improvement in formulated pet foods. Pea fiber is a food grade ingredient used to increase the dietary fiber content of pet food formulations without altering flavor, aroma and color properties. Pea fiber concentrate offers non-GMO solutions with excellent water- and fat-binding properties. The viscosity, yield improvement and texturizing properties of pea fiber make it an excellent natural solution for any plant-based pet food formulations. Pea fibers are created without the use of any processing aids or chemical compounds and are certified gluten-free and non-GMO.
Possible Side Effects of Pea fiber
Pea fiber is generally considered a safe ingredient. Over consumption of pea fiber may lead to excessive gas, bloating and diarrhea.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Pea fiber is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Pea fiber populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Pea fiber.
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