Is Variety Really That Important?

We have all been taught that meals for humans should include a balance of variety from all major food groups.  The same is true for pets, although the contents of their major food groups and preparation requirements are different.

Robert Mueller · November 12, 2019

Is Variety Really That Important?

We have all been taught that meals for humans should include a balance of variety from all major food groups.  The same is true for pets, although the contents of their major food groups and preparation requirements are different.  Ensuring your pet has the necessary balance and blend of foods plays a key role in providing a healthy diet. Your pet’s overall diet should contain a variety of foods including:

  • Meat
  • Bone
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals 

One of the most common misunderstandings we hear from consumers is that pets should be fed a variety of recipes or flavors.  This is not true. Pets certainly have preferences of flavors, but there is no nutritional advantage to feeding a variety of flavors.  For example: chicken, beef and lamb are all good sources of protein. While each has a distinct flavor, your pet will not necessarily be healthier by eating a variety of these proteins verses feeding them just one protein.  

What is important to keep in mind is that your pet’s overall diet contain all of the necessary nutrition, which can only be obtained from a variety of foods rather than a single food source.  Some pet parents have a hard time believing this, simply because none of us humans could imagine eating chicken for dinner every night for ten years! 

Our pets are such a big part of our families, but we need to realize that they have very different dietary needs.  While your pet’s overall diet needs to contain a variety of foods, it is not necessary that all food groups are represented within every meal.  As humans, we can elect to eat only fruit for breakfast, then only vegetables for lunch and only meat for dinner. Or we can eat a combination of fruit, vegetables, meat and grains during every meal.  Either way, our bodies are receiving all of the appropriate nutrients from foods found in our overall diet. The same is true for pets. This gives you creative freedom to feed select foods within meals, as long as your pet’s overall diet contains the right balance of the foods necessary to provide appropriate nutrition.

Our Juicy BARF® Diets do not require any ingredient to be added and they provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF® Diets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.

For more information, please feel free to call and chat with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Raw Food Specialists @ 1-866-282-2273 or send us an email @ info@barfworld.com.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Raw Food Tip:

Regarding the required balance of nutrients for our pets, we can only accept what nature provides as the true measure of what is needed. The diet that nature provides is precisely what they need to function, thrive, and survive. Modeling a diet to that of a carcass then gives a "nature remedy" for achieving a complete and balanced formulation. Nature provides exactly what the animal can actually use and absorb. 

- 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!

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