Nutrients provide nourishment. Antinutrients are natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with the absorption of nutrients. Antinutrients block the absorption of proteins, vitamins and minerals, and they can degrade the intestinal walls and can lead to intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut. Overtime, the high consumption of antinutrients can also lead to critical mineral & nutritional deficiencies.
Consumption of antinutrients are also associated with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome. autoimmune diseases, arthritis, allergies & cognitive decline.
Is your pet food Or treats heavy in antinutrients?
TOP ANTINUTRIENT FOODS
Legumes, lentils, potatoes, peas, chickpeas, flaxseed, tomato pomace, tomato, kidney beans, peanuts, grains — wheat, barley and rye.
TO WORRY OR NOT TO WORRY, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Humans can tolerate antinutrient food much, much better than dogs and cats - human omnivore digestive physiology is better prepared to deal with antinutrient foods. Our carnivore Dogs, obligate carnivore cats ARE NOT. Check out this article on natural food: https://rawdogbarkery.com/blogs/news/does-natural-mean-good-by-sean-b-jones.
A small amount of foods considered antinutrients are probably nothing to be concerned with. However, foods and treats rich with antinutrient ingredients even if cooked to a high temperature may be a significant concern.
By Sean B. Jones, MS, MBA
Executive Director - Whats In The Bowl Forum - A Wisconsin 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization
Sean is certified in pet nutrition, canine herbalism & raw feeding and co-owner of What's In The Bowl Pet Shops and Raw Dog Barkery. Sean is a licensed psychotherapist, and a former FBI special agent and healthcare executive. He has two masters degrees and has a passion for educating pet parents about biologically appropriate foods & supplements. Sean is also the executive director of Whats In The Bowl Forum - A Wisconsin 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization: Providing discussion, education and opportunities for pet parents to explore current species appropriate nutrition, wellness, treatment and training options for their pets. Sean lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Amy (co-owner of Whats In The Bowl Pet Shops & Raw Dog Barkery) and their three golden retrievers Bonnie, Clyde & Stella.