Kibble makes me want to BARF

First, allow me to explain the meaning behind the word, BARF. It is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food.

Robert Mueller · March 05, 2019

Kibble Makes Me Want to BARF 

By Robert Mueller Sr. 

First, allow me to explain the meaning behind the word, BARF. It is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food. In the past, we have described the advantages of feeding a raw meat-based diet (BARF® diet), but today, let's reverse the discussion and describe the disadvantages of feeding a heat processed kibble diet to your dog. 

Did you know the following about ALL grain-based, heat processed food (all brands)?

  • Contains damaged amino acids/protein
  • Contains damaged vitamins and minerals
  • Damaged proteins
  • Has mutilated trans-fat
  • Contains no enzymes or antioxidants (due to the high application of heat)
The ingredient list may show the use of bone meal, which is a very sterile ingredient that possibly contains high contaminants and lead content. I like to refer to these ingredients as, "dead ingredients".

Some interesting facts about Grains

  • Contains refined carbohydrates with damaged nutrients
  • Has been found to contain molds, fungus, aflatoxins and phytic acid (which may inhibit nutrient absorption)
  • No enzymes or antioxidants

Dogs and cats have no nutritional need for grains. It merely provides a very cheap source of ingredient based pet food. I have always tried to caution against the use of denaturing chemicals (ones that have been used to keep pet food out of the human food chain making them unfit for human consumption). The same danger exists when artificial preservatives, dyes and flavorings are used. Lately, I have noticed a significant increase with kidney disease in dogs. Could we now be seeing the long term effects of these toxic ingredients? 

In addition, the natural vitamins and minerals in kibble have been modified and many are rendered inactive and have low bioavailability. Vitamin supplements have been added to the final product but as an unnatural ingredient. In some cases they even over supplement. 

No doubt, in our fast-paced culture when it comes a cheaper product and convenience, kibble wins, hands down. However, the question kibble the healthy choice for your furreind? 

Raw Food Tip:

"For millions of years dogs have cleaned up the remains of other animal's bodies, including the bones. This ability remains with modern dogs that easily and joyfully tackle bones. A dog's whole system is designed for and, in fact, need bones to function properly. Bones are living tissue composed of living cells. Because bones are living tissue, just like any other part of the body, they are a complex source of a wide variety of nutrients." 

- Robert Mueller Sr. 


Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

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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What is BARF?

"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!