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This is going to be some pretty mind blowing stuff… Literally, when you read this, your jaw will hit the floor if you’re a pet owner and you feed your dog with any of these foods.
Many pet parents who feed their furry friends kibble love the simplicity of buying it in bulk and simply pouring it into their dog’s or cat’s bowl at mealtime. However, every easy mealtime may be increasing your pet’s risk of cancer, diabetes, and other deadly medical risks. The problem is carbohydrates, or SUGAR.
Do you know how many carbohydrates are in your dog’s bag of kibble?
Most pet parents don’t because pet food manufacturers don’t really want them to know. That’s why they don’t list it on the label. They could easily list the carbohydrate (starch/sugar) value on their bags, but why would they shout out loud that their food contains more than 50% sugar?
What you need to know is that starch = carbohydrates = SUGAR…. And up to 50% of your dog’s kibble food is just that… That’s where your best friend will get their energy (by the way, energy from carbohydrates is incredibly inefficient for pets, but I’ll get to that in an upcoming blog post).
Kibble & sugar - an epidemic
"[M]ammals, including pets and people, have no ability to deal with constant, excess starch and sugar… The average starch and sugar content of meat, fish, eggs, insects, plants, fruits, berries, and vegetables is about 4%.” - Dr. Richard Patton, Animal Nutrition.
4%. Compare the 4% starch-sugar content of natural, primordial food with the 50% average starch-sugar content of dry, expanded pet food that you get in the grocery store. But so what?
Here’s the problem: the pet obesity rate is soaring to over 60% and 1 in 2 pets are now diagnosed with cancer-related illnesses (cancer cells thrive on glucose). The carbohydrates in your kibble are to blame.
Cancer needs glucose for fuel, so when we feed our pets carbohydrate-packed kibble, their cancer cells couldn’t ask for a better growth booster!
The TOP 5 dog health problems exacerbated by the SUGAR in your kibble:
- CANCER (cancer cells need sugar as an energy source)
- DIABETES (sugar is a direct cause of type 2 diabetes)
- OBESITY (fat actually doesn’t make your dog fat - carbs, starch and sugar do)
- ALLERGIES (sugar creates immune system imbalances)
- YEAST (needs sugar as an energy source)
Grab your bag of pet food and a calculator to see just how bad it is!
(WARNING: You may want to throw your kibble out immediately after doing this)
According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO): “Carbohydrates are not measured directly, but can be estimated by calculating the “nitrogen-free extract” in the product. This is determined simply by subtracting the average of each of the other components (percent crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, moisture AND ash) from 100.” (If the ash is hidden, the general rule of thumb is between 5 to 8%, so pick a value.)
They also add: “… fiber is actually a carbohydrate. So, its percentage is automatically included in your carbohydrate calculations.”
Here’s how to figure it out in a flash.
Protein + Fat + Moisture + Ash, then subtract 100 = Carbohydrates. (This method works for dry food only; to figure out canned food, you need to get the dry matter values.)
Check out the well-known food brands we already pre-calculated!
After these calculations, pet parents are going to find that some of these bags of kibble have anywhere from 40% to 70% carbs in them.
If, God forbid, your pet has cancer (depending on the type of cancer cell), those cells can have anywhere from 10 to 70 times more insulin receptors than regular cells. Imagine: if cancer needs glucose for fuel and you’re feeding your pet’s cancer cells food with 50% or more carbohydrates, you are basically throwing rocket fuel - no, dynamite! - on a growing fire!
Most dogs and cats will thrive when given fresh, whole foods that mimic their ancestral diets, but unfortunately, many must make do with entirely processed, largely inferior alternatives. Your pet may have adapted to this diet, but it's a recipe for serious chronic disease.
Empower yourself and take better control of your pet’s diet!
With my whole unconditional love to you and your furry family, I hope you take control of your pet’s diet, health and well-being!
With unconditional love,