If you know how to pronounce quinoa you’ve probably heard about the grain debate in the health industry. Going carb-free, Paleo or gluten-free encourage cutting out grains for health reasons. So what does this mean for our pups’ food?
Grains are complex carbohydrates made up of starch which turns into sugar and fat. We often forget that dogs are actually animals – habitually out in the wild, eating meat, vegetables and plants. Because of this biology, it is said that they don’t fully digest grains (or socks, but that’s another story). Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down starchy carbohydrates, and dogs do not have enough of it in their bodies to fully break down, digest and metabolise these carbs.
Grains offer carbohydrate-based energy, and whole grains add fibre, however, there are superior benefits in other foods that outweigh the need for grains. As shown by recent studies, a good rule of thumb is a doggie diet of 75% lean muscle meat, 5% meat from organs (mostly liver), 10% bone, and 10% plant matter and other healthy ingredients. This last ten percent is what we are dedicated to filling with smarter ingredients that have proven benefits for your dog’s health.
1. Fuller for Longer
Ever noticed how you can scoff down two bowls of pasta and not feel full? It’s the same for dogs. Protein has a slow release of energy, so switching grains out for it means they are the right kind of full, for longer.
3. Appetite Management
When your dog doesn’t get enough nutrients from their high-carb food, their body tells them to keep eating. A grain-free diet can help with over-eating and weight loss.
2. Smarter Fibre
An important part of a pup’s digestive health is fibre, but it doesn’t have to come from grains. A smarter ingredient for its nutrients is carob - it’s a good source of fibre (as well as protein) without the added carbohydrates.
4. Fewer Allergies
Grains contain commonly known allergens for dogs, top of the list is wheat.