Your Dog’s Kibble Is Actually Junk Food

Your Dog’s Kibble Is Actually Junk Food

Did you know that kibble is equivalent to junk food?

Imagine what would happen if all you ate throughout your life was junk food—we’re talking pizzas, burgers, cakes, and sweets.

You’d gain a lot of weight and have health issues, right?

That’s what’s been going on with dogs all over the globe.

Dogs have started getting fatter and fatter. As a cherry on top, canine diseases are at an all-time high with incidences of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, seizures, heart issues, etc. skyrocketing.

Dogs from all over the world have different environments, levels of physical activity, etc. but, there’s one thing they all have in common.

Kibble.

And, that’s what is causing this epidemic.

Your Dog’s Kibble Is Actually Junk Food

The dog food that you’re currently feeding Fido is heavily processed and has lost most of its nutritional value when it reaches your dog’s bowl. This means that all the goodness and essential nutrition promised on the package is not actually reaching your dog!

Meat is NOT the Number 1

Ingredient So, your dog food’s label says that meat is the number one ingredient used, right?

Wrong.

According to the Petfood Industry Community – “47% of pet owners say they are looking for real meat as the No. 1 ingredient listed on a bag of pet food.”

This is something that pet food companies use as a tactic to sell their product while being in a morally gray area.

You see, pet food manufacturers do something that’s known as ingredient splitting.

While in theory, the number one ingredient on the label is the most predominant ingredient by weight, it’s the second ingredient that is actually the most dominant. So, the food companies simply split the low-quality ingredient so that it appears that their contribution to the food formula is less than it actually is.

So, the food label is manipulated in a way that makes us feel that we’re getting the right product for our dog!

One of the top-selling dog foods on the market label says the following:

INGREDIENTS

Pork, Peas, Chickpeas, Pea Flour, Pork Meat Meal, Pea Protein, Pork Fat, Dried whole egg, Pork Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Dried tomato pomace, Salmon oil, Cheese, Coconut oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Apples, Pineapple, Mango, Melon, Celery, Parsley, Lettuce, Spinach, Pork Cartilage

While pork is the number one ingredient on the label, you can see that peas are divided into three categories:

  • Peas

  • Chickpeas

  • Pea flour

So, the outnumber pork 3:1 and yet, the company has manipulated it in a way to make it look as Pork is the number one ingredient!

They’re Abundant in Carbohydrates

Did you know that your dog doesn’t need carbohydrates at all in his diet?

Your dog needs proteins because it contains essential amino acids and fat because it contains essential fatty acids. However, there’s no such thing as “essential carbohydrates.”

Carbs are cheaper so; therefore, they’re used in food.

In fact, most commercial dry foods contain between 30% and 70% carbohydrates. However, mammals, including pets and people, have cannot deal with constant, excess starch and sugar.

The average amount of starch and sugar content of meat, fish, eggs, insects, plants, fruits, berries, and vegetables is about 4%.

The dry, expanded pet food that you buy for your dog contains between 40-60% carbohydrates in it and, your dog can’t actually deal with the amount of sugar and carbs you’re feeding him.

Dogs can quickly adapt to a number of diets and are not really dependent on meat-specific protein. In fact, they don’t even need a high level of protein to fulfill their basic dietary requirements.

However, this adaptation is taking a toll on dogs.

For thousands of years, wolves have hunted and eaten their prey. The only source of carbohydrates they had was the undigested contents of their prey’s stomach, and they mainly survived on the meat and fat of the prey.

In fact, wild dogs—even today—have the same dietary patterns as their ancestors and, they’re usually pretty healthy.

This isn’t the case for dogs that are given kibble.

Carbohydrates are counted as sugar by your dog’s body.

When your dog digests carbohydrates, they are sent into the bloodstream and are turned into glucose which provides your dog’s cells with energy. If it isn’t used immediately, the body stores it in the muscles and liver as glycogen.

And, excessive energy is stored by your dog’s body as fat for later in case there’s a famine.

According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.7% of US dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Historically, it has been assumed that fat causes obesity because it contains more calories per gram.

However, that’s not really the case as studies have found that carbs are the actual culprit!

This increase in obesity has lead to various other diseases including:

  • Heart diseases

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Epilepsy

  • Metabolic disease

  • And more!

The simple truth is that our day’s kibble which contains a lot of sugar slowly kills dogs.

The Food Has Low Nutritional Value

Did you know that kibble contains more plant-based protein sources than animal-based ones?

We all know that dogs thrive on meat as they’re carnivores so, protein from plant-based sources doesn’t do them much good.

Not just that, kibble also doesn’t contain a whole lot of other essential vitamins and minerals either.

When food is cooked above 117 degrees F for just three minutes, the following changes start to take place:

  • 30% to 50% of vitamins and minerals are destroyed

  • 100% of enzymes are damaged

  • Proteins coagulate

More and more damage is caused to the nutrients in the food as they spend more time at higher temperatures.

As you can see, most of the nutrients in the food end up getting removed because of the high temperatures so, what do the food companies do to counter this? Nothing.

This is because it is legal for the companies to mention the nutrition in the food before cooking it on the label. So, all the nutrients lost after cooking aren’t the ones that make it on the label.

That’s not all.

Dog food may legally contain “4-D” meat: meat from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals. Add a little roadkill, mill floor sweepings labeled as grain, and corn contaminated with high levels of pesticide and you have excellent health, right?

The cheaper the food, the cheaper the ingredients, the worse the nutrition.

Bad Omega 3 and Omega 6

Ratio It’s sad that the only reason why dog owners know of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is that they’re either included in the ingredient list of dog foods or are seen at the pharmacist.

Did you know that most kibble on the market is devoid of healthy fats?

This is mainly due to the fact that they are lost because of the excessive heating and the processing of the kibble. Processing also produces hydrogenated or trans fats which are extremely dangerous for your pet.

Omega-6 and 9 fatty acids are derived from most plant-derived sources of fats and are pro-inflammatory. However, the omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. If you feed your dog kibble, he needs to have more healthy anti-inflammatory foods in his diet.

Flax is high in omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s not assimilated well in carnivores.

So, the best fatty acids for carnivores—especially dogs—are actually found in fish oils.

Your dog needs Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids because they’re incorporated into cell membranes throughout his body. When these membranes get damaged, the fatty acids are released.

When released, the Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation which helps when there’s an infection that Fido’s body needs to fight off.

But, dogs can get health problems when too much inflammation takes place. This can include autoimmune disease, flea allergies, and arthritis which is why they need higher concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids.

If you feed your pet kibble and treats manufactured by top pet food companies, you should know that these foods are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. So, it’s crucial that you supplement their diet with Omega 3 fatty acids to reach the optimum ratio.

A healthy ratio to aim for is 5:1 ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids.

If you don’t supplement your dog’s diet, your pet may get a ratio of 20 Omega 6 fatty acid to 1 Omega 3 fatty acid which can cause various health problems. The reason of this imbalance is that Omega 6 fatty acids come from cheaper and more readily available sources like safflower, corn, canola, sunflower, etc. While Omega 3 fatty acid sources include fish, flax, walnuts, and hemp.

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