Balanced Nutrition and the AAFCO

over-wight-dog.jpgBalanced nutrition is not something found in any one day or any one meal. We have evolved to survive on a variety of foods each day; we would never consume daily every micro nutrient that our body needs.  Our bodies are designed to thrive when we eat from the vast abundance offered to us by nature.  What our bodies do struggle with is an excess of any one food. 

In our search to find cheap plentiful food sources we turned to the production of grains and sugars.  In the last three thousand years we have switched our diets to one that consist of 35-40% carbohydrates.  The same goes for our pets, making foods filled with carbohydrates. The rise in human illnesses from poor diet has been matched by a similar increase in pet illnesses.  Now after generations of feeding our dogs and cats an unnatural diet, even the young have begun to suffer from chronic illnesses. Any animal or human, if forced, can survive on a poor processed diet, but to thrive we need to look back to nature and begin to eat fresh unprocessed foods low in carbohydrates.   

The pet food giants are still trying to hold onto their profits, convincing us that there is no need to change our pets' food.  They have convinced us that the best thing for our pets is to feed the same food every day, touting laboratory testing and balanced nutrition.  Imagine eating the same meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In few days you would have to force yourself to eat it; that's your body telling you it needs something else.  Now look down at your dog or cat - what are you forcing them to eat?  Think about it from their view point.  If you were never fed any thing but processed food you wouldn't know what real food was.   

We have to look past the convenience and low cost of big name brands and begin to do what is right. 



What is AAFCO and what do they do 

Written by Lucy Postins: What is AAFCO

Published in Dogs Naturally Magazine want to read more

AAFCO is a voluntary organization, which is comprised largely of regulatory officials who have responsibility for enforcing their state’s laws and regulations concerning the safety of animal feeds.  This should fall under the auspices of the FDA but according to the FDA “AAFCO is vital to the continued regulation of pet food products because FDA has limited enforcement resources that are focused on human food safety issues.”

AAFCO advisors and committee members include representatives from major feed manufacturers and ingredient suppliers such as Nestle Purina, Hills Pet Nutrition, Nutro Products and Cargill Animal Nutrition. Despite this, AAFCO claims that its function is to protect the consumer. Despite its regulations, AAFCO has no means of enforcement, nor do they perform any analytical testing of foods. Regardless, AAFCO’s regulations are adopted by most states and are the standard to which pet and livestock feed manufacturers must adhere.


Written by Dr. Doug Kneuven, DVM:

Blog by Dr Doug the holistic vet want to read more

“100% complete [nutrition] assumes 100% complete knowledge of food and nutrition, biology, genetics, chemistry and physics. It is a common myth that the minimum and maximum amount of essential nutrients needed for “normal” dogs is known. Most is not known, we are just trying to avoid toxicities and deficiencies. There should be different nutritional standards for raw and processed foods.”


Written by Dr Richard S Patton PhDDog Obesity and Diet: An Ancient Tale

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All mammals have a set of genes and metabolic machinery that has been perfected by four billion years of evolution, and it is remarkably similar in all mammals, including our pets and ourselves.

Ruined by Excess

However, mammals, including pets and people, have no ability to deal with constant, excess starch and sugar. There is a logical explanation.

As four billion years of evolution adapted all creatures to their surroundings, constant high levels of starch and sugar were never encountered. If you analyze anything that might constitute food or nourishment, anywhere in the world, it will be low in starch and sugar. The average starch and sugar content of meat, fish, eggs, insects, plants, fruits, berries, and vegetables is about 4%.

Hormone Abuse

Contrast this 4% starch-sugar content of the primordial world with the average starch-sugar content of dry, expanded pet food, the type bought in the grocery store.

Most all dry pet food is 40% carbohydrate. It should be obvious where this discussion is going; 4% versus 40%.

A single large feeding a day of a diet that is 40% carbohydrate is in drastic conflict with what we have evolved to thrive on, and constitutes literal hormone abuse.

Consider that there are eight hormones that raise blood sugar, yet only one that lowers it. From this, we can conclude that nature saw a great deal of importance to keeping blood sugar held up to a minimum safe level, and relatively little need to lower blood sugar. This one blood lowering hormone, insulin, was invented, so to speak, to capture the rare or occasional spike in blood sugar and save it as fat. In this regard, insulin served a critical role in our evolution, and as we know, insulin is very proficient at this assignment. The hormone insulin is identical, to the last molecule, in all mammals, and does the exact same thing in all creatures.


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