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Whether it’s weeding through all of the “prescription” diets out there or just understanding the difference between raw food and dry food, separating facts from fiction will help your pet enjoy a happy, healthy life. Here are the top 3 kibble food myths that we hear and the truth behind them:
MYTH #1 — MEAT is the №.1 ingredient
According to the Petfood Industry community ,“47% of pet owners say they are looking for real meat as the №1 ingredient listed on a bag of pet food.”
Guess what? Pet food manufacturers know this!
Unfortunately, instead of filling their kibble with healthy meat, they manipulate ingredient lists to place meat at the top. Usually, the first ingredient on the label is the most predominant ingredient (by weight), followed by the other ingredients ordered by weight. However, lower-quality ingredients can be split into other ingredients to make it seem like they make up less of the final product. This lets corporations pretend that their food is full of the stuff you’re looking for.
Take this random bag of “Pork and Peas” pet food as an example.
The pea ingredient has been broken down into 3 different categories: peas, pea flour, and pea protein. By breaking peas down into different ingredients, the weight of the peas can be divided into three categories, leaving the meat ingredient on top of the list. That’s great for their wallets but not for your dog.
In this pet food, peas outweigh meat by almost 3:1. This sneaky trick even allows them to call their product “Pork and peas” rather than what it should be - “Peas and pork.”
MYTH #2 — Carbohydrates are a good source of energy
Most commercial dry pet foods contain between 30% and 70% carbohydrates. However, mammals, including pets and people, have no way to deal with a constant excess of starch and sugar.
Modern creatures have spent millions of years evolving to adapt to their surroundings, and none of them have encountered the constantly high levels of starch and sugar that we are exposed to today. The average starch and sugar content of meat, fish, eggs, insects, plants, fruits, berries, and vegetables is about 4%. Compare that to the shocking 40% carbohydrate content in typical store-bought dry pet food. That’s 4% that our dogs and we are naturally used to versus 40% (sometimes even 60%).
That’s why we recommend letting your puppy try a raw ketogenic diet. No matter its weight, its breed, or its activity level, we believe that your dog’s body and brain will thank you like never before. Ketogenic diets are rich in fats and proteins and low in carbohydrates.
MYTH #3 — Nutritional value
We already know that dry kibble diet consists of at least 40% to 60% carbohydrates, very little moisture, and minimal, low-quality protein.
Much of these proteins are plant-based. Expecting our pets to graze on this type of diet all day long and be satisfied both physically and nutritionally simply does not make sense.
Besides, at 110 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 43 degrees Centigrade), two of the 8 essential amino acids your pet needs — tryptophan and lysine — are destroyed.
When food is cooked at above 117 degrees F for just three minutes or longer (pet food is usually heated to temperatures from 120 to 190 degrees F), it undergoes a series of changes that progressively destroy more and more essential nutrients over time:
- 30% to 50% of vitamins and minerals are destroyed;
- 100% of enzymes are damaged. This robs the body of its enzyme potential and drains the energy your pet needs to maintain and repair its tissue and organ systems, thereby shortening their lifespan;
- Proteins coagulate, making them virtually useless for your pet.
You decide what you want for your beloved furry friend — kibble or RAW, NATURAL and TOXIN-FREE pet food.
With unconditional love,