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Protein

Question:
Hello,

Wysong states in the Starch Free vs Grain Free section of the website that :

"Grain Free products have merely replaced grain ingredients with other (less healthy) starches such as potatoes, peas, and tapioca. This solves nothing. It only creates a perception of benefit that, according to scientific studies, is not true.1 Starch is starch, whether from potatoes and tapioca, or corn and wheat "

Wysong uses Potatoes in your Senior Formula, which you claim is " Less Healthy ". Why would you use it if it's less healthy ??

Also you claim in the Aging section that : "protein requirements actually increase by about 50% in older dogs". If Aging dogs require more protein then WHY is your senior formula only 18 % Protein as opposed to all your other formulas which are much higher ?? Any insight is appreciated.

Answer:
The Wysong feeding philosophy is to feed in variety and rotation. Any food can be harmful or "unhealthy" if fed continuously. Feeding different foods (with different sources of nutrients) can provide healthy variety. Potatoes are only unhealthy if fed exclusively as "no grain" foods argue they should be.

See:

Optimal Health Program™: http://www.wysong.net/wohp/

Myth of the 100% Complete Pet Food: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-100-percent-complete-pet-food-myth.php

Why Intermittent Feeding?: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/why-intermittent-feeding.php

How To Rotate Diets: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/how-to-rotate-diets.php

Can Pet Health Be Simple?: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/can-pet-health-be-simple.php

Regarding the presence or absence of certain ingredients: How pet food companies play the ingredient game

The Real Problem in Pet Feeding: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-real-problem-in-pet-feeding.php

With regard to Senior, this name has only been retained due to its 30 year history with the company. The food is not recommended to be fed exclusively. Senior can be fed to puppies and older animals can eat Growth...and Epigen with great benefit. (See Can Pet Health Be Simple? article above).

We do understand the apparent contradictions but if what we teach rather than the names of the products is considered, hopefully good sense emerges.


Question:
We had some questions regarding the Epigen 60 chicken formula. We see that in the ingredients panel it lists "vegetable protein" and then that may be derived from one or more of the following (potato, corn, wheat, etc.) In anticipation of customers questions, we would like to know if these are vegetable protein hydrolysates? Or, are they the high molecular weight proteins as found in the plant. If they are the hydrolysates what method is used? Is it enzymatic, aqueous acid, if so which acid (HCl, H2SO4, etc) , or a combination of these? And if it is not a proprietary secret, what is their role in the overall formulation? Add protein content, help with binding, etc.?

Is the Starch removed by enzymatic means, chemical or both?

What method of protein purification is used? Is it simple extraction, size exclusion chromatography, affinity chromatography, ion exchange, etc?

We would appreciate any information you can provide. Again, if this is all proprietary information can you give us a general answer to these questions we can use for consumer questions.

I have read the Epigen booklet but as a chemist I had more detailed questions...

Answer:
Our non-proprietary information is: The protein concentrate is not a hydrolysate; it is the protein fraction that is mechanically separated from the starch fraction. The protein is concentrated through the enzymatic solubilization of the starch which is washed away.

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Question:
Are these starch-free proteins isolate proteins or condensed proteins in the Epigen formulas?

Answer:
Epigen™ diets contain isolated plant proteins.

For more information about Epigen™ diets, please see this website: http://www.wysongepigen.net/.

Also, consider signing up for our free program, The 100 Pet Health Truths. The 100 Pet Health Truths will equip you to become a discerning and educated pet owner. We have condensed Dr. Wysong's 30 years of health wisdom into 100 short and easy messages enhanced with fun graphics and videos. You will also receive coupons totaling $100 for free Wysong products interspersed throughout the program.