Feed Ingredients

Discussion in 'Nutrition and Behavior' started by Eli, Apr 9, 2011.

Help Support Rabbits Online by donating using the link above.
?

Would you buy rabbit feed containing the ingredient sodium lignosulphonate after reading the NIH Pro

  1. Yes.

  2. No.

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. Apr 9, 2011 #1

    Eli

    Eli

    Eli

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Francisco, , USA
    Hi all,

    Since this is my first post, I will first thank all the people here who provide such useful information regarding rabbits and their care. You guys are great!;)

    I recently adopted 2 bunnies and researched everything I could find extensively, as an attempt to provide the very best for my bunnies.

    In terms of feed ingredients, I was very concerned with molasses being one of the first ingredients for most rabbit feeds. Even most industrial feeds use molasses. I read it serves two purposes: a binder to reduce dust and respiratory issues, and as a marketing scheme. If a rabbit loves their new food, we rarely question why. We are just glad they will eat it. Turns out, the sweet goodness of molasses is not necessarily healthy for our bunnies teeth, or weight.

    However, my latest and greatest concern is not that of ridiculous amounts of protein from alfalfa-based pellets or over-weight bunnies from hidden sugars. I am concerned with a particular binder called sodium lignosulphonate/lignosulfonate. I found it in the ingredients listing of what appeared to be a promising feed for my rabbit from American Pet Diner. The ingredient seemed odd to me since I had not spotted it after months of researching feeds, until now. I contacted them after reading that sodium lignosulphonate may cause organ failure after prolonged use. Feeding a rabbit this ingredient daily constitutes as prolonged use. Their nutritionist stated it was for the purpose of reducing dust and helps reduce future respiratory issues. When I Googled "sodium lignosulphonate uses," I found a very horrifying National Institute of Health Progress Report

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1412737/pdf/gut00631-0086.pdf

    I emailed American Pet Diner regarding my findings and concerns and asked them to reconsider replacing this ingredient with a safer alternative. Does anyone know why such a horrid ingredient is in a rabbit feed at all? From what I found, this is originally used to reduce dust for building roads. There are plenty of alternative feed binders out there. Are there any safe binders that can be used cost-efficiently and do not harm my pet's health?

    I searched for months for a healthy feed. In the end, I only found one that meets the health requirements for an adult rabbit. It is a grass-based pellet so if you are thinking about switching over, just remember to keep that late bloom timothy hay coming!!! It is Oxbow's Organic Bene Terra, Organic Rabbit Feed. Oxbow uses sodium bentonite as a binder which appears to be safe. Unfortunately, Oxbow's regular line of rabbit feeds use molasses. My guess is, molasses is cheaper. Organic Rabbit only comes in 3 lb. bags and the cheapest I can get it is $8.50 USD. I ordered 3 bags. :)

    Am I the only one wondering why so few timothy-based pellets are out there? And even fewer that do not use molasses as a binder? I do not want my house rabbits to be obese, to have tooth decay, and have bowel ulcerations or suffer death from a binder. What is the healthiest binder for pet feed out there? Is it sodium bentonite? Is the reason why it is not used more by feed companies because of cost? Because personally, I would rather pay more for rabbit feed than to have them prematurely die because I essentially poisoned them on a daily basis. Since I am new to this forum, I want to find out what your thoughts are. Thanks!:biggrin2:
     
  2. Apr 9, 2011 #2

    Eli

    Eli

    Eli

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Francisco, , USA
    For those who do not have the time to read through the whole article linked above, I found these parts to be the most relevant:

    "extracts of various red seaweeds fed to animals in their drinking water caused ulcerative disease of the colon in several species, including guinea-pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice."

    "Mild acid hydrolysis of the native carrageenan produced a degraded product..."

    "The degraded product was found to be more ulcerogenic than the native or undegraded carrageenan."

    "The most recent work indicates that other high molecular weight sulphated products such as sulphated amylopectin and sodium lignosulphonate cause similar lesions in the colon of animals."
    "With low concentrations (0. 1 %) of degraded carrageenan fed in the drinking water, there is no diarrhoea or loss of weight, but occult blood associated with ulceration of the large bowel occurs in about 50% of animals within a period of three months."
     
  3. Aug 20, 2014 #3

    scallen

    scallen

    scallen

    New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2014
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NULL
    The evidence regarding lignosulphate additives in this article is WRONG. I was curious, so I read the nearly 50 year old government report cited in this post. The reader clearly did not read or perhaps understand the study. In summary, at the end of the report says that Lignosulphates show no adverse reaction to rabbits or any other animal. In fact they recommended further study as they had a slightly positive effect. The controvery comes in the first part of the study which describes ulcers of the colon when animals were given high doses of this product directly into their digestive system--not as a very small ingredient bound up with other nutrients. Lignin is plant/algae based and all natural insoluble fiber. If you are a 150lb person, try ingesting 10lbs of this per day and see what happens to your colon!!! As with everything, toxicity is dosage dependent. Bet few folks are aware that pure, clean drinking water is toxic??? Yes, at the right dosage level (consumption) it will kill you. Don't try it, but drinking 8-10 glasses of water in less than 5 min will kill you. See hyponatremia
     

Share This Page