The Benefits of Grain-Free Dog Food and Grain-Free Dog Treats

Reasons For You And Your Dog To Go Grain-Free

Our western culture is inundated with food that is grain-based. From bread, to pasta...from fast food, to delicious bakery made with flour (primarily wheat flour) is everywhere.

But did you know that grains have a low nutrient yield compared to other foods? The same vitamins found in grains can be found in other foods like fruits, vegetables and meat, and you don't have to eat as much to get the nutrients that your body needs.

Grains are also harder to digest than other food groups, and are inflammatory due to their high starch content. The more refined the grain is, the more inflammatory it is. For example, unbleached white flour is more inflammatory than whole grain flour.

Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to modern degenerative diseases such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, emotional imbalance and even cancer.

Going Grain-Free

Many people are recognizing the need to start their dog on a grain-free diet since many dog foods are made from low-quality grains that don't give needed nutrients and are hard on their dog's digestive system.

Most dog kibbles are made with wheat and or corn, because those low-cost grains act as a binding agent to hold the meat and other elements together in the kibble.

If you want to start your dog on a grain-free diet, look for a dry dog food that is bound with a non-grain carbohydrate such as potato or some other vegetable.

Here's a great starting point on selecting the best grain-free dog foods.

Grain Free Dog Treats

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Truly grain-free dog treats can be hard to find. The grains in a recipe are what help to bind it together.

Look for treats which are based with potato or another vegetable, or treats which are simply dehydrated meats and vegetables.

Try these homemade treats:

Chicken Jerky Grain-Free Dog Treats

Sweet Potato Grain-Free Dog Treats

Types of Grains

If your dog is on a grain-free diet because its a healthy option or due to an allergy of some kind, you'll want to learn what to avoid:

  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Farro
  • Flaxseed
  • Job's Tears
  • Kamut
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt
  • Teff
  • Triticale
  • Wheat
  • Wild Rice

Those grains in bold, above, are known to cause the most sensitivities and allergies among all the grains.

A homemade grain-free dog treat can be a great way to supplement your dog's grain-free diet!

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