Pet Food and Optimum Health – 7 Reasons To Avoid Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are included in many pet foods these days – both processed and raw.

But are they the healthy addition to a dog or cat’s diet many manufacturers would have us believe?

Here are 7 reasons why, if you want your pet to be as healthy as they can be, it’s worth avoiding fruit and veg.

1. 123 Toxic Chemicals

This is the disturbing number of pesticide residues found in a wide range of vegetables and fruits – as highlighted by a recent investigation by the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK)

In the samples analysed:

      • 84% tested positive for one residue
      • 66% tested positive for multiple residues

And amongst these the chemicals found were:

      • 24 known carcinogens (cancer causing agents)
      • 43 suspected hormone disruptors
      • 25 neurotoxins (nerve poisons)
      • 15 developmental or reproductive toxins (affecting sexual function), and
      • a wide range of compounds which can damage the liver, kidneys, immune system and other organs

Given the risks to health posed by chemically laden, non-organic vegetables and fruits, it’s wise not to feed pet foods containing these.  (Examples highlighted in red on the ingredient label below)

Ingredients label

For other ingredients to avoid see – Cutting Chemicals 3 – Food Additives in Pet Food, Supplements and Treats

2. Poorly Digested

Dogs and cats lack the digestive enzyme called cellulase, which is needed to break down plant cell walls.

And so, unless they are pulped first, vegetables and fruits go in one end and pass out the other largely unchanged. (Try feeding your pet chopped carrots and watch them appear in the stools).

Added to the diet therefore, they act as a ‘filler’ providing bulk in the form of fibre, but little in the way of nourishment.

3. Low Nutritional Value

The mineral content of soil has plummeted 72% in the last 100 years, which means that crops today contain a fraction of the nutrients they once used to.

In addition to this, the selection of rapidly growing and maturing varieties dilutes nutrient content even further (less nutrients in bigger produce).

As a result, modern day vegetables and fruits are not only indigestible, they are poor sources of nutrients too.

4. Allergenic

More and more dogs and cats are becoming sensitive to vegetables and fruits.

If these are fed to such pets, health problems often result.

Typical signs include:

      • itching
      • skin eruptions
      • inflammation of the ears, paws and perineum
      • irritable bowel
      • sloppy stools, often with mucus and / or blood
      • excessive wind
      • belching
      • loud abdominal noises
      • vomiting small amounts of food and / or bile

This being the case, the greater the number of vegetables and fruits there are in a food / the diet, the higher the number of potential allergens there are, and the greater risk that a pet will react badly to one or more of them and develop health problems as a result.

5. Lowers The Nutritional Value of the Diet

Because they are poorly digested and low in nutrients, adding vegetables and fruits to the diet reduces the nutritional quality as a whole, because in effect, more nutritious ingredients are being replaced by an indigestible filler.

This leaves pets significantly worse off, than had they been left out altogether.

6. Fuel For Yeast

The sugar content in fruits and sweet vegetables (carrots, for example) can feed yeast causing overgrowths and infections in the gut and on the skin.

For many pets, this manifests as recurrent ear infections and a characteristic smell to the body. Acetate impressions of discharges or sore areas in affected pets often reveal abnormally high numbers of the yeast Malassezia pachydermatis.

Successful treatment means addressing the underlying cause, which in this case involves eliminating vegetables and fruits from the diet so that the microorganisms are no longer being fed by unhealthy sugars.

7. Far healthier alternatives

Why feed vegetables and fruits when there are far cheaper and more effective ways of promoting optimum health in pets?

VITALITY is a specially formulated and clinically proven example of this which:

      • contains around 20 times the antioxidant beta-carotene as in carrots
      • has approximately 5 times the antioxidant ability as blueberries
      • supplies as much calcium as milk
      • is twice as rich in protein as meat
      • provides an exceptionally rich supply of numerous amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, co-enzymes, RNA, DNA and many other nutrients important for optimum cellular health

And whereas 90% of most vegetables and fruits in the diet pass straight through the body and out in the stools, over 90% of the nutrients in VITALITY enter the bloodstream within several hours of eating.

In may ways, it is the equivalent of exceptional intravenous nourishment, but given orally.

With such a option available, which has none of the drawbacks or ill-effects of vegetables and fruits outlined, why risk feeding the latter?

 

 

Cutting Chemicals 1 – Lowering The Risk To Pets of Cancer and Organ Damage

Pets today come into contact with an eye watering array of chemicals, many of which can:

      • corrupt DNA (increasing the risk of cancer)
      • destroy ‘friendly’ gut flora (disturbing digestion and the immune system)
      • poison bone marrow (which can result in bleeding disorders and / or an immune system that can’t fight off infections, protect the body against cancer or heal the body effectively)
      • inflame the bowels
      • disturb the nervous system (leading to neurological signs, such as muscle weakness, incoordination or fits)
      • damage the liver and kidneys (reducing the body’s ability to break down and excrete toxic substances)
      • disrupt endocrine glands (causing hormonal disturbances)
      • derange the immune system (weakening natural defence mechanisms and / or triggering the development of dietary sensitivities, allergies and cancer)

A Huge Problem

There are literally tens of thousands of chemicals used in the home, industries, agriculture and food production, with the number increasing by 2000 new compounds per yearThe Natural Environment Research Council.

Many of these substances have been linked to liver and kidney disease, hormone disturbances,  immune system problems, inflammatory bowel conditions, cancer and a wide range of other diseases.

What Can Be Done To Protect Pets?

Environmental chemicals are present almost everywhere, in:

Air

      • carbon monoxide
      • nitrogen oxides
      • sulphur
      • lead
      • small particles

Soil

      • heavy metals – such as cadmium, chromium or mercury
      • pesticides
      • herbicides
      • oils and tars
      • industrial chemicals and waste (including the increasingly ubiquitous microplastics)

Water

As for soil, plus:

      • phosphorus
      • nitrogen
      • chemicals present in sewerage

Because they are so widespread, these chemicals are virtually impossible to avoid.

The best way to guard against their ill-effects is to increase the body’s ability to cope with them successfully, so the damage they can cause to health is minimised.

This means providing maximum nutritional support to the liver, kidneys and bowels (main organs of detoxification) and the immune system, which is primarily responsible for tissue healing, regeneration and repair.

Numerous potentially toxic chemicals, are also found in food, pet products and household goods.

Common examples are:

Food:

Supplements:

      • fillers
      • binders
      • glues
      • colourings
      • flavourings
      • synthetic vitamins
      • industrial salts
      • lubricants
      • preservatives

Pet products:

      • flea preparations
      • wormers
      • vaccines
      • medications
      • plastic dishes and toys
      • shampoos
      • clothing
      • treats

In and around the home:

      • cleaners
      • garden products (fertilisers, weedkillers, pest control etc.)
      • air fresheners and scented candles
      • artificial fabrics
      • toxic agents used in furniture (eg flame retardants, stain repellents, dyes etc.)
      • adhesives (eg formaldehyde – a known carcinogen – in floor tile glues)
      • human personal care products which come into contact with cats and dogs (e.g. shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, perfumes and aftershaves)

In contrast to environmental chemicals, a significant number of harmful substances in food, pet products and household goods can be avoided, by choosing alternatives instead. And the way to do this, will be covered in this series of blogs.

Why Cutting Chemicals Is So Important for Pets

The toxic effect of many chemicals is magnified in pets because:

      1. Although many environmental and dietary chemicals are usually present only in very small amounts, continuous daily exposure to these over long periods of time increases the likelihood of significant cellular damage occurring. One example of this, is a dog or cat fed on a pet food containing chemical additives or pesticide residues, week after week, year after year.
      2. Their relatively small size means that the concentration of chemicals they are exposed to is correspondingly much higher than it is for us.
      3. Dogs and cats regularly swallow harmful substances which have collected on the skin and coat during self-grooming, which allows them to rapidly enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body.

These and other factors, are why it’s so important to prevent unnecessary exposure to as many of these noxious substances as possible.

And the best way to do this will be highlighted in this series of blogs – beginning with how to remove 123 potentially toxic chemicals from the diet in a single stroke.