Processed pet foods are touted as nutritious and healthful for dogs and cats. The truth is that commercial diets are made from unnatural ingredients of questionable origin. The high-temperature processing destroys vital nutrients and creates toxins. Then some synthetic vitamins are sprinkled in to make them “complete and balanced.” The sins of the pet food industry are of biblical proportions. Here are the 4 biggies.
- CARBS – (Starch to be more exact) is a major nutrient in most processed pet foods. Pet foods contain starch because it is a cheap source of calories and it is needed to make convenient kibble. No matter how “natural” the source of the carbs is (grain vs. grain-free), it is completely unnatural for dogs and cats to eat more than a very small amount. Carbs feed cancer and promote obesity – two major health problems for pets. Carbs also promote storage mite contamination of pet food which triggers allergies.
- TOXINS – Ingredients, such as preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors, need to be proven dangerous to be excluded from pet foods. (You would think an ingredient would need to be proven safe to be included but that is not how it works). Also, the grains in most pet foods lead to contamination with aflatoxins from molds. Aflatoxins cause liver failure at high doses and cancer at the lower levels allowed in pet foods. Finally, high-heat processing creates heterocyclic amines – toxins which are known carcinogens.
- MISSING NUTRIENTS – High-heat processing destroys most of the vitamins and photochemicals in the raw materials used in these diets. We are learning recently that there is more to good nutrition than providing the currently known vitamins and minerals. It seems there are new nutrients discovered every day, and processing wipes out most of them.
- SYNTHETIC VITAMINS – Pet food manufacturers realize that processing destroys nutrients. They add back in chemical substitutes (synthetic vitamins) in an attempt to “balance” the diets. However, even the smartest nutritionist does not know everything there is to know about nutrition. Therefore, their attempts to balance diets cannot be completely successful. More than that, evidence shows that synthetic vitamins are not assimilated by the body in the same, beneficial way as those from food sources. Some may even be toxic.
Hopefully this information will cause you to re-think what you put in your pet’s food bowl. A balanced, raw diet is best for pets and that’s the gospel truth!
Are you ready to go raw yet?