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Mixed Tocopherols and Common Preservatives in Dog and Cat Food: Is it Safe for Your Pets?

Feb 19, 2019

As pet parents, it’s necessary to read more into the ingredients our best companions are consuming on a daily basis!

What Are Mixed Tocopherols?

As our customers are aware, we are always transparent when it comes to our manufacturing process, ingredients, product testings, and more! We believe it’s important to find other companies who do the same, especially when these products are going into your pet’s bodies. There are many common preservatives out there, but are they deemed synthetic or natural?

Is Tocopherol Safe in Dog and Cat Food?

To be able to extend the shelf life to 1 year for our CBD-infused Pet Releaf Edibites we had to incorporate a natural preservative. We’ve added an all-natural Mixed Tocopherols-D Vitamin E to our recipe! This natural preservative is very common and used often in many pet food products your pet is consuming. Like most natural preservatives, there is usually a synthetic version. As we utilize a natural version of mixed tocopherols there are synthetic versions out there as well. Don’t worry, we’re here to break down the differences!

Tocopherol Types

Mixed Tocopherols-D

Mixed Tocopherols-D Vitamin E is the all-natural version that we use in our full Edibites line! On the plate, the darker brown substance is the Mixed Tocopherol-D that we use. Our natural mixed tocopherols are free of any milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, sulfites, corn, or shellfish. It’s the perfect 100% natural solution to protect against oxidation in products!

Mixed tocopherols can actually be absorbed more efficiently in the body compared to a synthetic version. The transport proteins that are produced in the liver actively choose the natural form in the body. These proteins then send the natural Vitamin E to other tissues in the body and work as an antioxidant. Believe it or not, these natural mixed tocopherols have long been a part of the human diet!

Mixed Tocopherols-DL

As most synthetic preservatives, they are free from offering any beneficial purpose in your pet’s body. You may ask, how do you differentiate between the two? Most synthetic versions use the letters, “DL” while natural versions usually just use the letter “D”. On the plate above, the clearer substance is the Mixed Tocopherol-DL that is absent from our products. As the body recognizes natural mixed tocopherols, it overlooks the synthetic.

Tocopherol Side Effects on Pets

This results in the synthetic preservative going unnoticed in the body, removing the helpful antioxidant properties found in the natural version. Synthetic mixed tocopherols come from unnatural food sources and are usually derived from petroleum products.

At Pet Releaf, we only use the most beneficial ingredients for your pets! We ensure that after careful research and testing that we are using the very best option for your pet’s health. Also, all of our ingredients are beyond human-grade since we believe pet products should be of the same quality as products we consume as humans!

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