Do you feed your pet canned pet food?
Well, if the answer is yes, a word of caution before your next purchase, if I may.
Before you select a canned pet food product, you’ll want to search through the ingredient panel for a deadly and commonly used additive called “carrageenan”. If mentioned in the list of ingredients, research says to leave that can on the shelf right where you found it!
Carrageenan is a highly effective thickener and stabilizer found in processed pet foods. These pet foods can be found anywhere from your local grocery store, pet shop or even your veterinary clinic!
A new report sheds light on serious problems in pet food that could negatively impact companion animal health. Issued by The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit food/farm policy research group, the report found that more than 70 percent of canned pet foods contain carrageenan, a non-nutritive food stabilizer extracted from red seaweed.
Peer-reviewed, published research indicates that food-grade carrageenan is known to cause intestinal inflammation and serious related diseases, with the potential to lead to cancer, even in small doses. (http://ow.ly/URdIB)
Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer at lower doses than the average daily intake. Given the high rates of colon cancer in both dogs and cats, I highly recommend removing carrageenan from your pet’s diet.
The Cornucopia report concludes that the pet food industry overall is failing its customers as a provider of safe and nutritious food for our cats and dogs. cornucopia.org
To add to this:
“Numerous studies find that food-grade carrageenan does contain the cancer-causing low-molecular-weight form, referred to as poligeenan. This is particularly troubling because the industry continues to assert that food-grade carrageenan is different from poligeenan, while research clearly indicates that all carrageenan contains varying quantities of poligeenan.” – Linley Dixon PhD, lead author of the report and a policy analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.
Moral of the story: pet parents of the planet, always do your research and always read the labels before purchasing anything you’re thinking of feeding your pet!