When it comes to health, fitness, and weight loss, carbohydrates have become public enemy number one. We order burgers without buns, rice, grains, and pasta whenever we can, and feed ourselves diets filled with veggies, fruits, and lean proteins. Yet when it comes to our pets, many people still reach for the kibble, believing the writing on the bag, that this is a nutritionally balanced meal for your pets. It is not. Kibble and canned foods, even of the highest quality, are packed with carbs; carbs that your pets don’t need, at all!
Carbs in commercial pet foods
The reason that kibble tends to be filled with carbohydrates – up to 50% sometimes – has nothing to do with nutrition, and everything to do with profits. Stuffing your pet food with carbs is cheap, cutting back on production costs with cheap rice and grains, while still keeping the sales price high. It’s like stuffing the meatloaf with cornflakes to make it seem bigger and fuller, but what you’re adding has zero nutritional value. Humans need some carbs for a complete and balanced diet. Cats and dogs, however, don’t need carbohydrates at all! A species appropriate diet for cats and dogs should consist of protein, minerals, and fat. That’s it!
Unfortunately, the commercial pet food industry has been fooling pet owners with packaging that says “complete and balanced” into buying carb-heavy foods. And because pet owners are becoming more aware that cats and dogs don’t need grains in their diet, the commercial pet industry has begun making “grain free” diets. Again, don’t be fooled. They may have removed the grain, but they’ve swapped it out with an even more complicated carbohydrate – potatoes! Potatoes are not only carb heavy, they are little sugar bombs. Carbs that are essentially sugar can lead to inflammation, obesity, and a slew of other health problems.
Species appropriate pet foods
The best thing you can do for your pet is to learn how to create a species appropriate diet at home. Or, if you don’t have the time to cook each meal for your dog, talk to a pet nutritionist or visit your local holistic pet shop to find a species appropriate raw food diet that is right for your pet. Not all pre-made pet foods are going to have hidden carbs. Many pet foods are made with the health of your pet in mind, not profits. Look for all natural raw foods that have been sourced with quality meats from local ranchers. Work with a pet nutritionist to understand your pets biological and chemical makeup to create a species appropriate diet including only protein, minerals, and minimal fat.