The brand new Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute (CANWI) is taking on a massive pet food research project and they need the support of consumers.
Is highly processed food harmful to our pets? This is what CANWI research intends to examine. The science they will focus on is advanced glycation end-products (AGE) in processed pet food. Dr. Joe Bartges (veterinarian professor at University of Georgia, board certified in nutrition and internal medicine) – part of the CANWI team – explained to Dr. Karen Becker…
The heating and processing causes sugars to ‘glycate’ or stick onto the proteins — this reaction changes protein structures. The pools of AGEs in our body are increased by our intake of dietary AGEs found in heat-processed foods. This increase of AGEs in our bodies from eating heat processed foods has been associated with advanced aging and chronic disease states. In chronic disease states like diabetes, there are studies showing an association with the dietary intake of AGEs. We may like the flavors dietary AGEs give processed foods, but their accumulation in our bodies has been linked with aging, cancer, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and others.
“With pet foods, there’s very little known about AGEs,” says Dr. Bartges. One study measured advanced glycated end-products in 60 to 70 dog and cat foods. “What was found,” explained Dr. Bartges, “is that when feeding heat processed pet foods the potential intake of AGEs was roughly 120 times greater for dogs than what an adult person would eat on a weight basis. They estimated that cats would consume roughly 40 times greater AGEs than what an adult person would eat. Now imagine this is at every meal, on every day for the life of our dogs or cats. Dogs and cats, because of the heat processing of the pet foods they eat every day, are potentially exposed to much more dietary AGEs than we are in our daily lives.”
From Dr. Karen Becker’s post: “This will be the FIRST independent, unbiased pet food study comparing dry, canned and fresh food. Please help us fund this critical research project! This week (May 21 through May 28, 2017), when you make a Donation to CANWI, Mercola.com will match funds to help get this critical research started.”
To learn more about the Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute – visit: http://www.companionanimalnutritionandwellnessinstitute.org/home.html
To donate to this very worthy cause – visit: http://www.companionanimalnutritionandwellnessinstitute.org/donate.html
To read more of Dr. Karen Becker’s interview with Dr. Bartges – visit: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/05/22/feeding-pets-fresh-food.aspx
Looking forward to the results of this research.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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