There is a serious problem with the amount of carbohydrates and sugar our pets our consuming with kibble, canned, and even some home-prepared diets.
Being unaware of the makeup of their pet's food, pet parents may be putting their pet’s health at risk.
Despite the fact that dogs and cats are meat-eaters, most dry commercial pet foods contain 50% (or more) grain or starch content. This is because carbohydrates found in corn, wheat, soy, barley, potatoes, and more recently pea flour, lentils and garbanzo beans, etc., are needed to bind the food together to make the pellets of kibble. Without these inappropriate ingredients, these processed pet foods would look more like powder and lack the appeal of 'real' food.
It makes no sense to feed our pets 50% of a substance they don’t even need. Furthermore, carbohydrates are metabolized by the body into glucose – a sugar that is known to fuel cancers, diabetes, and a host of other health disorders that plague our pets. This makeup applies to prescription diets as well as grain-free kibble.
Does your pet suffer from diabetes, cancer, obesity, allergies, yeast infections, joint and ear problems? You will definitely want to watch this video. Rodney Habib, a pet nutrition blogger and Dr. Karen Becker, a celebrated integrated vet, explain the surprising amount of sugar contained in conventional pet food. It's astonishing!
Video: Planet Paws
Use this equation to approximate how much carbohydrates (sugar) are contained in your pet's food.
Since your pet food manufacturer is unlikely to state this content, we recommend you do the calculation yourself.
100% - (Protein + Fat + Moisture + Ash) = % Carbohydrate
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