May 16 , 2023
Imagine the moment you step foot into a grocery store. You're instantly engulfed by a sea of bright colors, dazzling packages, and convenient frozen goods. These are the hallmarks of processed foods - ever-present, alluring, and seemingly beneficial with their promises of taste and even nutritional value. Yet, we all know the truth hidden beneath their shiny facades: these convenience foods come with health consequences.
Now, even the most unsophisticated doctor wouldn't dream of advising us to consume more processed foods, but to incline towards real, whole foods. Surprisingly, this sage advice doesn't extend to our beloved pets. Astonishingly, about two-thirds of veterinarians advocate processed foods for our dogs and cats, often suggesting that real food could be harmful.
But let's pause and ponder: If we, and our pets, were not designed to survive and thrive on whole foods, wouldn't we have vanished from the face of the earth already? At Raw Dog Barkery, we believe in the power of whole foods and their irreplaceable role in maintaining our health and that of our pets.
The TRUTH resonates deep within us: the key to better health lies in real, whole foods. Scientific studies corroborate this, showing numerous benefits of a diet rich in whole foods compared to one packed with processed items.
Whole foods are those that stay as nature intended - unprocessed and unrefined. These include meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, teeming with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential for overall health. Conversely, processed foods are riddled with additives, preservatives, and often laden with sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
Let's consider the profound benefits of a whole food diet for our pets:
- Weight Management: Obesity, a gateway to myriad health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems in dogs and cats, can be effectively controlled with a meat-based whole food diet.
- Enhanced Energy Levels: High-quality, real whole meat products provide a steady source of energy, circumventing the sugar spikes and crashes associated with carb-loaded diets.
- Cognitive Health: Whole foods are a superior source of brain fuel, potentially improving cognitive function and staving off neurodegenerative diseases.
- Potential Cancer Prevention: Preliminary research indicates that whole food meat diets might help inhibit or slow the growth of cancer cells, as they don't supply glucose, a primary food source for these cells.
Pet foods are often highly processed, rich in sugars, and lack essential nutrients. Furthermore, the ingredient percentages on pet food labels are often ambiguous, with the "missing" percentages likely representing carbohydrates, which most pets cannot safely digest in high quantities. This excess carbohydrate consumption can lead to several health issues, such as pancreatitis, diabetes, cancer, allergies, inflammation, immune disorders, joint problems, and more.
The solution, deeply ingrained in our intuition, is clear: real, whole foods. For us, for our dogs, for our cats. It's time we heed this call of nature, prioritize our pets' health, and embrace the power of whole foods in their diets.