Veterinarian Cancer Expert tells Pet Food to Consider the Health Implications
Wow. A panel meeting at the 2010 IFT (Institute of Food Technology) Annual Meeting & Food Expo “encouraged pet food manufacturers to consider the health implications of their products in order to improve animals’ health” reports NaturalNews.com That’s not likely, but…Wow.
“Dr. Dressler, known as the “dog cancer vet” because of his work in unraveling the intricacies of canine cancer, said the key is severely limiting snack foods for humans and dogs that contain ingredients rich in omega-6 fatty acids.” Besides red meat common to some pet foods, other highly popular pet food ingredients such as soybean products, canola oil, and corn products produce Omega 6 fatty acids. “Omega-6 fatty acids tend to increase inflammation, blood clotting and cell proliferation, while omega-3 fatty acids decrease those functions of the immune system. The problem is that the typical American diet – for people as well as their pets – tends to be overloaded with omega-6s and deficient in omega-3s.”
From the IFT.org recap of the Healthier Pets Make for Healthier People presentation, “Only 5–10% of cancers are attributable to genes. Consequently, the main factors affecting the rate of cancer in both humans and their pets are diet and lifestyle. Dressler says that three dietary factors leading to an increased risk of cancer are excessive consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), inefficient consumption of omega-3 PUFAs, and excessive calories in food. Modern Western diets for humans have a 16 to 1 ratio of omega-6 PUFAs to omega-3 PUFAs; the same is true for pet food. This highly disproportionate ratio leads to inflammation, which provides an ideal environment for cancer. Tissue proliferation, blood supply, and cell movement also provide ideal conditions for cancer growth.” http://live.ift.org/2010/07/19/healthier-pets-make-for-healthier-people/
The highest levels of Omega-3 fatty acid pet food ingredients are flaxseed or flaxseed oil, salmon, and fish oil.
Read your labels. Less soybean products, corn products, and canola oil and more flaxseed, salmon, and fish oil.
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