Why 99% Of Dog Food Is Fake

Sad dog next to coffin filled with kibble and meds

Why are dogs so sick? Why are they suffering from the same diseases humans suffer … diabetes, cancer, allergies, liver disease, leaky gut and more?

The answer? We feed them the same processed foods that we eat.

And the sad part is that we have no idea how bad the foods we feed our dogs are … and we don’t understand how feeding more of those foods actually causes our dogs to starve.

Dog Food Is Dead Food

Other dog food experts talk about the pitfalls of kibble and other processed pet foods such as …

  • by-products
  • diseased animals
  • inferior ingredients

But this all pales in comparison to the real problem.

The biggest problem with dog food today (the one that nobody is talking about) … is that it’s dead.

D. E. A. D.

There’s one common denominator most kibble shares … regardless of the quality of ingredients that go into it.

By the time they’re heated and processed, there’s not much left for your dog to live on.

How Dog Food Processing Destroys Nutrition

In case you don’t know, this is how kibble’s manufactured.

Manufacturing process of kibble

The raw ingredients of kibble get mixed up in a giant grinder. Many of the added foods get heated and processed before they’re added to the kibble. They then heat and steam the entire batch again. After that the kibble gets pushed through a giant screw called an extruder. While processed, it’s once again heated. Then it’s sent to an oven to dry where it’s once again heated.

Then a coating with fats in it gets sprayed on the food to coax your dog or cat into eating it. It’s packaged and sent off to stores.

Most of the ingredients in your dog’s kibble get heated and processed four times before they hit the bag.

Why does this matter?

Because heating and processing destroy the nutrients in the food.

You don’t feed your dog every day to fill his stomach. His food must contain the nutrients he needs to survive and feed all the cells in his body so they don’t break down.

If his cells break down, your dog will break down.

Any nutritional deficiencies will suppress your dog’s immune function. His organs will start to fail because their cells can no longer support them. He’ll start to suffer from chronic inflammation, as well as diseases of the …

Proper nutrition is vital to your dog’s health and longevity.

But heating and processing destroy the nutrients he depends on.

Table showing loss of nutrients by heating and processing dog food

This image shows the loss of nutrients when refined flour is processed from whole wheat. Many of the nutrients are almost completely destroyed. Nutrients including important fatty acids … Linolenic acid and Alpha-linoleic acid.

And that means there’s nothing for your dog to live on.

In fact, when you process food, there’s major loss of nutrients.

Table showing loss of nutrients by heating and processing dog food

On average, almost half the nutrition gets baked out of your dog’s food every time it’s heated. And most of the ingredients get heated four times before the food sits on a shelf waiting for you to buy it.

The food is virtually devoid of any real nutrition. Canned foods don’t fare much better … they still contain very low amounts of vitamins and minerals.

The life gets heated right out of the food and if there’s no life in your dog’s food, there’s no life in your dog.

How Pet Food Manufacturers Make Fake Food

Dogs can’t live on nutrient depleted food for very long. They’ll soon develop chronic diseases.

A manganese deficiency will cause ACL tears, nerve and connective tissue dysfunction.

An iodine deficiency will cause obesity, aggression and chronic infections.

A zinc deficiency will cause heart disease, GI and skin issues and blindness.

Get the idea?

The pet food manufacturers know this. They know their foods are deficient. So they do something to compensate for the deficiency … they add vitamins and minerals to the food.

Now you might be thinking that’s a good thing. But there’s a problem with those vitamins and minerals.

They’re fake. They’re synthetic nutrition.

And that’s not good enough for your dog.

Vitamins are not food. They’re chemical isolates or fractionated pieces of vitamins. Labs owned by pharmaceutical companies (and often located in China) make them. Today, China manufactures 90% of our vitamin C and the majority of our other vitamins. And their track record when it comes to food safety is not so good.

Real Food Vs Fake Food

The definition of vitamin is a GROUP or complex of organic compounds … their activity is the sum of all their parts.

But synthetic vitamins are different. A synthetic vitamin is a fraction of what is in a naturally occuring vitamin. It’s missing the important cofactors that make it work.

And research on synthetic vitamins shows this to be true.

In 1942, authors in the Journal of the American Medical Association did an experiment. They treated scurvy with 50cc of lemon juice, which contains 25 mg of ascorbic acid. They found this produced quicker results than 25 mg of ascorbic acid given as a vitamin.

They also noted … “These vitamins have to be administered every day in order to be efficacious” and “there exists an antagonism among the different artificial vitamins.”

So synthetic vitamin C isn’t as effective as the real vitamin C. It doesn’t last as long in the body and can mess things up in the body when used with other synthetic vitamins.

Why is that? Why is synthetic vitamin C different than natural vitamin C? Don’t they both have the same chemical composition?

Chromatograms can help answer those questions. It shows us how two substances can differ when it comes to their biological value and quality … even with the same chemical analysis. And as we’re finding out … synthetic vitamins are very different from their natural counterparts.

Images of pure commercial vitamin C vs Acerola, a tropical cherry containing natural vitamin C

As you can see, the synthetic vitamin C is lacking in many important cofactors. The synthetic vitamin C has the same color and rings as ascorbic acid but … it’s missing the jagged border and strong radiations. And these are what show enzyme activity and cofactors.

Now let’s looks at a chromatogram of vitamin A.

chromatogram of synthetic vitamin A vs Natural vitamin A

Cod liver oil is a great source of vitamin A. While it contains little cogs and lots of color, the synthetic vitamin A is different.

To test this difference, a group of rats ate a very high fat diet that was deficient in vitamin A. They divided these rats into two groups. The first group had Beta-carotene, which is synthetic vitamin A. The second group had an extract of whole carrot.

The group fed the Beta-carotene developed eye disease as a result of the vitamin A deficiency. Those fed the carrot extract didn’t. (The Vitamins, Sherman and Smith, Monograph Series, Chemical Catalog Company, 1931.).

Next, let’s look at the vitamin B complex.

chromatogram of synthetic vitamin B complex vs natural vitamin B complex

Once again, the synthetic vitamin is very different from the naturally occurring one.

And once again, they tested the difference …

Natural vitamin B has a larger impact on health.

Rabbits fed a diet deficient in B vitamins developed cirrhosis of the liver. When researched added synthetic B vitamins to their diet, it didn’t prevent the disorder. But adding yeast, a good source of B vitamins, prevented the condition. (Annual Review of Physiology, Rawkins, 3:259-282, 1941

So clearly, synthetic vitamins don’t do the job we think they do.

But if your dog eats kibble, he relies on those synthetic vitamins for most of his nutrition. Why? Because most of the natural vitamins get processed out of his food.

And here’s another problem … synthetic vitamins can be unpredictable. They can even cause an increased risk of cancer and other health issues.

Natural vitamin A begins in food as a natural chemical constituent called beta-carotene. The body must convert it into vitamin A to be useful. Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses. Beta-carotene or provitamin A is a precursor. It allows the body to convert only what it needs, and to clear what it doesn’t.

This is a natural safeguard against excesses and toxic damage … but it only works if the beta-carotene is from a whole food source, complete with it’s cofactors.

Abstract on beta-carotene and retinol efficacy trial (CARET) in 1996

In 1996, researchers conducted another study … the Beta-carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial. It’s a good example of the potential unpredictability of synthetic vitamins.

They tested the effect of Beta-carotene and retinyl palmitate on cancer and death. They followed about 20,000 participants who were at high risk for lung cancer. This included smokers and asbestos workers.

They began the study in 1988, intending to run until 1997. But the study stopped 21 months ahead of schedule … there was no evidence the vitamins helped.

In fact, in the group that took the synthetic vitamins, there was a large increase in …

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • and death

Why Dogs Deserve Better

There’s a saying in the pet food industry and I believe it to be true.

It goes something like this …

“You can make a bag of sand pass AAFCO standards if you add the right premix (a bag of synthetic vitamins and minerals) to it.”

And that’s essentially what your dog’s eating if you feed him kibble or canned food … a bag of dead food, fortified with fake vitamins and minerals. And as long as those vitamins meet AAFCO’s standards, it’s deemed balanced and complete nutrition.

AAFCO doesn’t care that your dog is relying on fake Chinese nutrition for his health. And nobody seems to care that this hasn’t worked out so well.

Premixes with synthetic nutrients have killed or harmed 10s of 1000s of dogs and cats. It was these vitamin mixes that were to blame for the massive pet food recalls several years back.

Despite their terrible track record … manufacturers still rely on synthetic vitamins to boost food with artificial nutrition.

And because of that … so is your dog.

How To Spot Fake Food

It’s easy to tell if your dog food contains synthetic vitamins. They’re listed on the label.

Here are two kibble labels. The first label is a food with synthetic vitamins added.

Kibble ingredient label showing synthetic vitamins

And here’s a kibble that doesn’t contain synthetic vitamins:

Kibble ingredients label with no synthetic vitamins

Yes, you can feed your dog a kibble that doesn’t rely on synthetic nutrition.

If the ingredients are decent and the processing is minimal … the food can pass AAFCO standards without fake vitamins.

But less than 1% of kibbles don’t use synthetics. Here is the (short) list, in case you’re wondering:

As much as I’d love a longer list, that’s all I know of. If you manufacture kibble made without synthetics, please contact us. We’d be happy to update the list.

Of course, there are many raw and some freeze-dried foods made without synthetics but not all! Many raw diets are “fortified” with vitamins. That means they’re incomplete and unbalanced without them.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why they need those vitamins?

What’s missing in the food? Why do companies choose synthetics when others can offer complete nutrition without them?

And my question to you is … why feed your dog an over-processed diet that relies on fake vitamins as its source of nutrition?

Now you know you have choices. And now that you know better, please do your dog a favor and do better.

Put an end to synthetic nutrition and start feeding your dog instead of just filling him.

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