Is There A Nutritional Need For Grains 

The dry dog food companies would like to convince you that there is a definite need for grains simply because grains are a cheap ingredient source. They are used as fillers in dry dog and cat foods.

Robert Mueller · March 24, 2020

Is There A Nutritional Need For Grains 

The dry dog food companies would like to convince you that there is a definite need for grains simply because grains are a cheap ingredient source.  They are used as fillers in dry dog and cat foods.  

Most recently there are blogs, articles, social media channels that are warning about grain-free diets for dogs.  “The FDA is investigating a potential dietary link between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dogs eating certain grain-free dog foods. But there are also many other things going on that may be responsible for an observed rise in cases of canine DCM. According the statement within the FDA’s warning “Diets in cases reported frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other ‘pulses’ (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch, and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients.”  So, please do not panic about grain-free diets.  

Did you know that there is really no nutritional need for grains with either dogs or cats. In fact, an animal that is diabetic should be warned against feeding a dry, grain-based kibble because grains will exacerbate hyperglycemia.  A good rule of thumb for those who are feeding dry dog and cat foods containing these fillers is that the total grain content should be no more than 10% of the total diet.

I have advocates in the past that caution should be used when feeding a high carbohydrate source.  Refined carbohydrates are the major cause of obesity and ill health in our pets. There are some grains that are highly nutritious but only if you follow the 10% rule can you get away with using them.

We are noticing a much higher incidence of diabetes in pets, and the high carbohydrate content is responsible for this epidemic.  It isn’t any different in humans. Just look around and you can visibly see the results of carb overload. Although humans are able to digest grains, we still inhibit the same results from carb overload as our animals do.

Give your pet his/her best life possible.  Feed them the best grain-free diet - the BARF® World raw diet, and watch them live a longer, healthier and happier life!

 

Raw Food Tip:

In an evolutionary sense, a wild dog's diet contains almost no grains. They never eat cooked grain. In eating the intestinal contents of their prey they will eat some grain, which is usually immature and green. Most certainly they do not eat a totally grain based diet like the modern dog, subjected to a lifetime of dried dog food. Even if their prey had been eating mature seed heads, by the time the grain is consumed, it has been ground to a paste and soaked in the juices of the herbivores intestines.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!