Gluten Free is Healthier
It's a myth
Although only 1% to 2% of people have celiac disease and require a gluten-free diet,
many more people are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon in hopes it will help
them lose weight or feel better. And many of them assume that a gluten-free diet
is what's best for their pets, too.
Gastrointestinal problems associated with gluten are rare in dogs.
- Gluten-induced enteropathy (celiac disease) is very rare in dogs and has been reported
primarily in Irish Setters.1
- Pets with celiac disease react to the proteins (gluten) in wheat, rye and barley.
- The protein in corn gluten does not cause GI problems, even in individuals with
Gluten is an excellent source of high quality protein.
- Gluten is the concentrated protein from grain after all the starch has been removed.
- Corn gluten meal contains approximately 60% to 70% protein.
- It provides essential amino acids that form the building blocks for protein.
- Gluten is highly digestible.2
Gluten provides structure to pet food.
- Just as wheat gluten is added to breads to enhance the texture, a small amount in
pet food helps canned formulas, kibbles and treats hold their shape.
Gluten from various grains is a nutritious ingredient that provides a concentrated
source of protein in pet foods. GI problems associated with wheat gluten are rare
in dogs and cats, and corn gluten does not cause problems, even in pets with celiac