Do you live in America? If so, then you're probably eating genetically modified food on a regular basis and may not even know about it. Most processed foods have corn in them, and that's GM. Soy, which is also nearly all GM, is also in just about any kind of processed food. Although I don't agree with the insidiousness nature of GM foods and how their introduction into the marketplace was nearly invisible to consumers, most Americans have been eating them for a couple of decades without even realizing it.i choose to go grain-free because grains are notorious for being an allergen [in both canids and humans]. i dont hold it against anyone if they choose to feed grain, as long as a good quality meat comes first.
but, aside from the allergy concern, the way i see it, if a dog is out roaming in the wild.. hed eat meat first, obviously. but then hed eat potatoes or peas over a bundle of oat grass or wheat, or even corn flour. fresh corn on the cob is probably more appetizing, but the fact that some 90%+ of corn is genetically modified.. no, thanks. not for me, and not for my dog.
The second is that grains are not a natural part of a dogs diet and their digestive systems are not well equipped to digest it, therefor it doesn't add much nutritional value to their diet. By removing grains you get more nutrients per cup/lb of food so you can generally feed less. This often results in smaller stools as well because you are removing the undigested "filler" which for most pet parents is a plus.
My city dog will eat garbage off the sidewalk if I let him that doesn't make it part of a canines natural diet.Ever witness a farm dog chewing on an ear of corn? Happens all the time. While meat may be a dogs first choice, you'd be surprised what they will willingly munch on . My dog just happens to love cantaloupe.
With regards to grains, quality grains do add to a dogs diet. They have essential amino acids that compliment those within meat sources. More importantly though, they provide as was stated, an energy source as well as calories. Grains like rice, barley and oats are a good source of carbohydrates and unless your dog is allergic to them, which is rare, then they provide a useful purpose to a balanced diet. Most people slam grains as being the main cause for food allergies, but in reality it is a meat source that is most common followed by dairy products.
If you feed a grain free diet and your dog is doing well on it and you can afford it then more power to ya. However, there are plenty of good feeds out there that use quality grains as part of a balanced diet. A meat source as the main ingredient with the right balance of quality grains and or vegetables.
I'm wondering this as well.What essential amino acids do grains have that meat doesn't have? My raw fed dog gets all the amino acids required just fine with no grains fed.
Well if you believe the co-evolution theory, dogs evolved eating our garbage and so it actually IS the ultimate dog's natural diet. Not that there's anything natural about dogs anymore, anyway, we've made them into maybe one of the most unnatural animals on the planet.My city dog will eat garbage off the sidewalk if I let him that doesn't make it part of a canines natural diet.
I don't know about in dogs, but I know SEVERAL people with grain allergies. I myself am allergic to dairy and soy, so it's not all that far off hah. I think the reason is because pretty much all food is genetically modified now, causing food allergies. I honestly don't feed my dogs grain free. And I eat grains myself. About 90% of that though is me not wanting to cut down my own food that much, I'd very likely have to have formula if I went off of all grains. For dogs it's a lot easier(at least seemingly) to feed grain free. But as long as my dogs don't have any issues on it, I don't feel a need to switch their diet, especially since my one dog can have a sensitive stomach.How much do you want to bet that grains are notorious for being allergens? I name the amount. You wanna bet?