June 28, 2017
Do you have a dog? I have two wonderful dogs. The older one is a 12-year old dachshund named Sallykraut—that would be Mrs. Kraut to you—and she’s doing pretty well at this point, but my biggest worry with her is weight gain.
Dachshunds have this reeeaally long back, you see. So when they pack excess weight on their tummies it creates a big strain on their spine. This can cause all kinds of pain and lack of mobility which is not what I have in mind for my beloved Sally, or for my other dog, either.
And now I discover the food I’ve been feeding my dogs all these years is full of carbs! In fact, carbohydrates are the dominant ingredient in most dog foods.
In researching dog foods on behalf of my dear pets, who can’t seem to do this for themselves, I’ve come across a very helpful site called dogfoodadvisor.com. This site has explained why dog-food companies like to pack their products with carbs, even though the amount of carbohydrates that are nutritionally required for the health of our dogs is ZERO.
It’s the same reason the food manufacturers for people pack their food with sugar and carbs. They’re cheap! Compared to protein, at least, they’re cheap. They also have a long shelf-life. And of course, they’re abundant.
Even the grain-free dog foods have an excess amount of carbs, apparently, which is usually going to be in the form of potatoes.
According to dogfoodadvisor.com, “Using dog’s ancestral diet as a model, the total amount of carbs consumed by a dog’s evolutionary predecessor is dramatically less than what’s become the norm for today’s kibbles. One sensible source estimates natural carbohydrate consumption for a dog’s ancestors at around 14 percent of total diet. Yet on average, today’s dry dog foods contain somewhere between 46 and 74 percent carbohydrates.”
At least food manufacturers for us humans are required to disclose the amount of carbs in the products we’re eating. But most dog food manufacturers don’t provide us with this information.