Grain-free diets are healthier.
It's a myth
Many pet owners believe that grain-free pet foods
are easier to digest, provide pets with better nutrition
and are less likely to cause allergies than pet foods
Properly processed grains are highly
- While uncooked grains are poorly digested by dogs
and cats, properly cooked grains in pet foods are
- Dogs and cats can digest the carbohydrates from
grains with an efficiency of greater than 90%.1,2
Diets containing grains provide excellent
- Grains are carbohydrates, which are an important
source of energy.
- Grains also contain fiber, which supports
gastrointestinal health and decreases the total fat
and calories in a diet.
- Essential fatty acids and other nutrients in grains
contribute to a healthy skin and coat.
- Concentrated protein sources from grains, such as
corn gluten meal, can be highly digestible sources
of many essential amino acids.
Grains are unlikely to cause allergies.
- Less than 1% of dogs are sensitive to grains.
- True food allergies are caused by immune reactions
to proteins in the diet.
- Allergies to proteins in grains can occur, but are far
less common than allergies to other protein sources,
such as beef or dairy.4
Properly processed grains provide needed nutrients as part of a nutritionally complete
and balanced diet.