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‘Carbs’, ‘sugar’, ‘starch’ and ‘fibre’ are some of the terms often used when people talk about pet food and human food. But do we know what these terms mean and what do they cover?

‘Carbohydrates’ or ‘Carbs’ are in fact a category name for a group of macro-nutrients present in the diet of animals. Depending on their size and function these can be sugars, starches or dietary fibre. Find out about the role of these nutrients in the body of animals, how they are digested to produce energy and how they are labelled on pet food products in our Carbohydrates Factsheet.