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 2 – Slashing 123 Toxic Substances From Your Pet’s Diet In A Single Stroke

Pesticides are toxic chemicals designed to kill.

They are used to destroy insects and other organisms which can damage crops in the belief that although they are lethal to pests, they are safe for us and our pets to ingest in small amounts.

What this fails to take into account however, is:

      1. The cumulative effects of exposure to pesticide residues day after day, month after month, year after year.
      2. The impact on the body of mixtures of these toxic chemicals, which no studies have assessed.

The Damage They Can Do

Pesticides can cause acute or chronic poisoning.

Acute

This usually occurs following exposure to either a large amount of pesticide, or a particularly toxic chemical.

This is most commonly seen in pets following accidental ingestion of a poison (e.g. slug bait)  or the direct administration or application of an insecticide (such as a flea or tick product).

Signs usually appear quickly and can include:

      • skin and eye irritation
      • breathing problems
      • triggering of allergies
      • nausea
      • abdominal cramps
      • vomiting
      • diarrhoea
      • weakness
      • nervous system disturbances
      • bone marrow suppression
      • blood disorders (which can result in excessive / uncontrolled bleeding)
      • death

Chronic

Long term exposure to pesticides, has been linked to the development of many serious diseases, for example:

The scale of the problem

But does all this really affect pets?

In a recent investigation, the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) found that that a wide range of vegetables and fruits being given to children as part of a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits, contained a staggering 123 different pesticide residues.

Some of the produce tested contained as many as 13 toxic chemicals.

And these are the same vegetables and fruits being added to many commercial dog and cat foods, including tinned, dry and raw.

Here are some examples, showing percentages of single and multiple pesticide residues present in vegetables and fruit commonly used in pet food (source: Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food 2005 – 2016) :

Veg and Fruit Residues v2

In all the samples tested:

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

Slashing The Risk To Pets

Given these findings and the potential pesticide residues have for causing serious harm to health, it makes sense to stop feeding non-organic vegetables and fruits to dogs and cats – either directly, or in commercially produced pet food.

This is a vital step in:

    • lowering the chemical burden on modern day pets
    • reducing the risk of cancer, liver and kidney disease, immune system disturbances, neurological problems, endocrine gland dysfunction, behavioural changes and many other conditions
    • promoting and maintaining long term health

Steps To Take

1. Switch to a pet food which doesn’t contain non-organic vegetables and fruits (or grains, herbs and other plants, many of which are heavily treated with pesticides).

Look for these and similar ingredients listed on product labels: apple, broccoli, butternut squash, kale, spinach etc.

2. If you want to give vegetables – buy organic

Some pets benefit from a little plant fibre in their diet. Most dogs and cats however, don’t need vegetables or fruits in the diet because they can’t digest plant cell walls.

3. Supplement with Superfood

There are far healthier and much more nutritious alternatives to vegetables and fruits, which don’t have the risks that these do.

A spoonful of VITALITY, for example:

      • 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.

 

Why Cutting Chemicals Is So Important for Pets

Health Promote Max – Power Up Your Pet’s Diet For The Very Best Of Health

Ideally, the food you feed your pet should contain all the nutrients necessary to promote the very best of health.

The reality however, is that even if a high quality raw, tinned or dried food is fed, this isn’t enough.

Why?

Fast Food

Intensive farming, with its goal of producing more and more food as quickly as possible and the reliance on heavy chemical fertiliser and pesticide use, has drained the nutrients from soil – so much so that there has been a staggering fall in the mineral content of agricultural land in the last 100 years alone.

The result is farmed food, livestock and crops, which are increasingly deficient in natural minerals.

How Does This Affect Health?

Countless chemical and electrical processes are occurring in the body all the time.

These can only function correctly if the right balance of minerals is continually supplied to the body, for example:

      • iron for the blood
      • calcium for cardiac function and bones
      • copper for iron utilisation, protein synthesis and a healthy nervous and immune systems.

If the body is to function normally and pets are to be as healthy as they possibly can be, these and numerous other minerals and trace elements need to be supplied continually by the diet to replenish those expended on a daily basis.

Given soil depletion however, and the nutrient deficient state of farmed food, this is not happening. 

The result?

Nutritional deficiencies and dietary related health problems at some stage.

Realising this decades ago, we began to use carefully selected whole foods and whole food extracts rich in these minerals and other important nutrients, to promote optimum health in dogs and cats.

And the benefits seen in tens of thousands of pets over the years led to Health Promote Max.

Health Promote Max is unlike any other holistic, supplement support regime

A product of 30+ years clinical expertise, the unique, synergistic combination of 3 specially formulated natural supplements powerfully promote health in 3 vital areas:

        • gut health
        • cellular functioning (including healing, regeneration and repair)
        • immune system defences

Gut Health

DIGESTION – a clinically proven blend of 2 natural prebiotics (Brewer’s yeast and fructooligosaccharides from chicory) encourage the growth of beneficial bowel bacteria important for healthy digestion.

And good digestion enables the body to extract the nutrients from the diet that supports optimum health.

A healthy gut flora population also supports the immune system lining the gut, and can improve mood, mental alertness and behaviour.

Cellular functioning

VITALITY – a specially formulated combination of 2 of the richest whole foods on the planet (organic spirulina and organic chlorella), which provides an exceptional array of nutrients vital for every organ, tissue and cell in the body.

Supplying these biologically active, bursting-with-life natural amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and co- factors, supports optimum cellular functioning and the healing, regeneration and repair that constantly takes place in the body, day and night.

Immune system defences

IMMUNITY – a synergistic blend of 3 natural ingredients (unadulterated Echinacea purpurea plant and root, plus organic kelp) designed to strengthen the immune system and the body’s natural defence mechanisms (including the mucous membranes, white blood cells and stem cells essential for continued good health).

The Very Best of Heath

We’re not happy with second best.

Never have been.

And that’s why we want dogs and cats not just to be healthy, but to be as healthy as they can be – AND and for as long as possible, given their own, unique individual genetic make up and circumstances.

Providing maximum nutritional support to the gut flora and the trillions of cells in the body (including those that make up the immune system) with Health Promote Max is an important step in achieving this goal.

But what about all those ‘added vitamins and minerals’?

Next time you pick up a tin or bag of of dried pet food, look closely at the label.

Somewhere on most you will see the phrase ‘Nutritional Additives’ or Added Vitamins and Minerals’.

Sound really healthy don’t they?

And the longer the list underneath this heading, the more full of goodness the food must be – right?

Sadly, this is anything but true.

What the label doesn’t state, is that any ‘vitamin’ or ‘mineral’ individually named is a synthetically made version of the real thing found in Nature. these are produced in large scale manufacturing plants (like fertiliser) from raw materials such as petrol, coal tar, cyanide and industrial strength acids mixed with rocks. All a far cry from the natural, life-enhancing counterparts found in the whole foods and whole food extracts present in our supplements.

And so, it’s important not to be misled by these EU sanctioned descriptions into thinking that these chemical additives compensate in any way for the nutrients missing in soil, or that they have a positive effect on pet health. In fact, many may well have the opposite effect.

NOTE

In addition to supplementing with Health Promote Max, other measures are important too for fostering optimum health.

The top 3 are:

          • feeding a highly nutritious and completely healthy, balanced diet (which includes small amounts of other raw foods in addition to the supplements described)
          • minimising exposure to harmful chemicals (in the diet and environment)
          • avoiding pet products that carry the risk of serious or significant harm

These and associated topics will be covered in the near future, in upcoming blogs.

As always, if you have any questions or queries at all please don’t hesitate to contact us.