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I think my previous posts made it clear that I am not a big fan of commercial dog food. This is mainly because of the ingredients used by the pet food companies. In this article I will try to present the most dangerous ones. So, let’s take a journey into the world of food additives!
*As you probably know, there are natural and artificial antioxidants. The both types are used in dog foods in order to prevent fats from oxidation. Dog foods containing natural antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, rosemary and citric acid are healthier, but they are more expensive. Also, the food has to be used as soon as possible after the bag has been opened, so that it doesn’t lose its freshness.The artificial antioxidants are very common in dry foods, like kibble and treats. Cheap dog foods contain a high level of fats and therefore, they require the use of artificial antioxidants to expand their shelf life.
**These additives allow water and oils to remain mixed together in an emulsion.
***The food colorings are used to replace colors lost during preparation, or to make foods look more attractive.
****Flavors are used to give a certain smell or taste to the food.
Apart from these ingredients, there are also some others worth mentioning like the cellulose, serving as a fiber source, or the synthetic vitamin K3 (Menadione Sodium Bisulfate), that is associated with health problems like vomiting, irritations, eczema, liver toxicity. Also, the sugar used by pet food companies is totally unnecessary, causing obesity, tooth decay, hyperactivity and nervousness. Another dangerous ingredient is the Xylitol, a sweetener with many side effects on dogs’ health, among which hypoglycemia and liver failures that can be fatal. A potential source of allergies are the Yeast Culture and the Yeast Fermentation Solubles, supplements with no considerable nutritional values. Of course, the list can go on.
Hope you find this post useful!
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