Canine diets vary a lot more than human diets. Just think: Dogs are carnivorous, just like humans. They thrive on a variety of foods and don’t have much of a developed taste for grains or pasta.
So when it comes to dog food, things get a little bit trickier. What kind of food should you give? What kind of food should your dog avoid? And if you happen to be one of the few people who keep birds, should you give your dog bird food?
The good news: With a little insight, you can probably give your dog whatever diet you want. The bad news: It might not be what you expect.
What is a grain free diet?
A grain free diet is basically one that cuts out grains. White bread, regular pasta, breadcrumbs, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat—all staples of the paleo diet. So is plain old sugar. And while we’re on the subject, no cookies or cakes for your dog, either.
As you can imagine, a grain free diet is pretty planless. Also, understand that dog foods vary a lot more than human foods. So while it is possible that your dog might benefit from certain grains, it is not likely the downside of a grain diet. What specific dog food (the ingredients) you are giving matters most.
But why? What are grains doing to your dog?
Grain free diets are quickly becoming all the rage among humans, but they’re nothing new for dogs. Many breeds of dog have been foster dieted on farms where they eat food from the harvesting house and others are given chicken, rice, or pasta as part of their diet.
“What are grains doing to your dog?” we must look at the science. What are grains?
Grains are nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They provide many of the same nutrients as fruits and vegetables, which are already well-known for their health benefits.
Vegetables and fruits are both plants, so they share many of the same nutrients. But the fatty acids in grains serve an important purpose. They help dogs maintain healthy skin, support some inflammation and even temperament.
When it comes to dog nutrition, fats are bodies’ best friends. They contain more than twice the number of calories per gram as carbohydrates and proteins, so a small amount of fat contributes a large amount of calories.
Meat also offers valuable fatty acids. Some argue meat provides a much better source of omega fatty acids than from grains. Like in the human debate, should we eat animals or plants? It may have more to do with financial outcomes than health outcomes or actual debate on the topic.
The benefits of a grain free diet include more fat in your dog’s diet.
The National Veterinary Medicine Association (NVMA) has some advice on dog food, but basically, any dog food is fine. Just avoid those that are high in sugar, fat, and carbohydrates.
A consensus is never common in most arguments including this one. The question of whether to feed your dog grains is still up in the air, and for many dog owners, the answer is still no and for others, yes.
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