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The 5 Highest Sugar Rich ingredients your Dogs & Cats should avoid.
At Just About Pets we’re routinely asked about Dog & Cat food ingredients. One of the most common questions we get is which brand of food has the least amount of sugar. Well I’m a firm believer in teaching someone to fish rather than simply fishing for them so today’s blog is about the top 5 highest glycemic index ingredients you’ll find in pet foods.
But, before we roll into those particular ingredients it’s important to understand what glycemic index actually means. Glycemic index is an indication as to the glycemic load of a food. Essentially the higher the glycemic index the faster that food raises the bodies blood sugar level.
Why does this matter? Your pets body has multiple hormones that can raise the blood sugar level, thus allowing the body to create glucose (which is what the dog or cats body uses for fuel) but they only have one hormone, insulin, that lowers the blood sugar level. Your pets pancreas produces insulin and with high glycemic index ingredients a staple in most commercial pet foods, it means your poor dog or cat’s pancreas is being heavily overtaxed with insulin production. As the pancreas is overtaxed it can lead to a host of problems with your pet which can include pancreatitis and diabetes.
Now that it’s a little clearer as to why it’s important to identify high glycemic index (or sugar filled) ingredients, let’s get to the top 5 culprits. The following FIVE ingredients are major contributors to our pets sugar problem and you should try and avoid, for their sake. They are in no particular order.
These are five ingredients we should all be worried about finding too much of in our pets food. As you can see from the list, grains are often a culprit but so are there replacements you find in many pet foods; potato and tapioca.
As a quick note, sugar intake not only harms your pets insulin production and therefore their pancreas, sugar also is the preferred food source of unhealthy gut bacteria and cancer cells. Who wouldn’t want to improve their beautiful family pets overall health and help them live a longer life by avoiding both of those problems too.
We will dig into gut health even deeper in future articles. But, for now thanks for reading and remember Just About Pets Wellness Centre is here “Because You Love Them”.