The goodness of whole grains in your dog’s diet
From the Pet Nutritionist
I thought “Grain-free” is best for my dog. What’s with the whole grains?
Whole grains are the “whole” of the grain, which means that all of the edible parts of the grain have been kept for consumption. There are 3 edible parts in a grain, each which brings different beneficial nutrients: the Bran, Endosperm and Germ. The Bran and the Germ are the most nutritious parts, and are packed with concentrated amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
* Bran – fiber rich outer layer that protects the grain
* Endosperm – the starchy middle that provides energy
* Germ – the nutrient –packed inner
Refined grains (like white rice or wheat) have had the Bran and Endosperm removed during processing. And because they are mostly starch, refined grains are quickly digested into simple sugars and absorbed into the bloodstream. Foods that are quickly digested into sugars have a “high glycemic index”.
Whole grains on the other hand have multiple benefits. The bran part is rich in fibers which slows the digestion of starch into sugars. There are other benefits to fiber. Some are prebiotics which help the gut micro biome. Others help improve stool quality. All together fiber helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Whole grains also have 2-3x the vitamins and nutrients of refined grains. The germ of a seed is packed with nutrients to sustain the seedling. Any food with whole grain will have those same essential nutrients to support your dog.
High Hopes®’ Whole Grain diet uses a variety of whole grains including oats, brown rice and barley, in addition to a broad range of vegetables, blueberries and cranberries and legumes such as garbanzo beans.
The Grain Free versus Whole Grain dilemma. Which one is right for my dog?
Every dog tummy is as unique as his or her personality. You are the best judge of how your dog is feeling and the most important thing is for him to be happy & healthy, so if you’ve made a switch to grain free foods and it’s helped, then definitely stick with it
Most dogs will thrive on a balanced diet that includes whole grains. If you haven’t noticed any dietary sensitivity, you might want to give it a try because of all the healthy benefits that whole grains bring.