Do you know why Sweet Lupins are a popular horse feed ingredient?
Most horse owners are familiar with oats, barley and corn. But you may be less familiar with lupins. What are they exactly? Are they “filler?” What are the benefits of lupins?
Lupins, or more specifically the Australian Sweet Lupin, offer a highly nutritious source of protein and amino acids. Unlike cereal grains such as oats, barley or corn, lupins are also extremely low in starch and high in fibre and so offer a healthy alternative to horse owners wanting to support muscle repair and definition without the ‘heat’ or ‘fizz’ associated with cereals.
Lupins are high in protein
Protein is required by all living tissue and is found in muscles, hair, enzymes, body organs and hooves (to name but a few!) Lupins provide an excellent source of protein with a protein concentration of 34%. Not only that, but the protein in lupins is considered “high quality” and a rich source of essential amino acids. Furthermore and unlike protein sources such as Soy, Lupins are GMO free offering additional peace of mind for many horse owners.
Lupins are high in fibre
Not all fibre sources are created equal. The good news is that lupins contain more of the “highly digestible” fibre and less of the “indigestible fibre.” Highly digestible fibre promotes a healthy digestive system whilst also contributing to energy and conditioning.
(Pictured above: Steam extruded lupins)
THE BENEFITS OF STEAM EXTRUDED LUPINS: