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Facts and myths about animal nutrition
Nutrition check – facts and myths about animal nutrition

MYTH: Corn is a filler that is difficult to digest and causes allergies.

  • FACT : Corn is an excellent source of nutrients that contains essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, lutein, highly digestible carbohydrates for energy and top-quality proteins. Most grains, including corn, are poorly digested before cooking; once cooked, however, digestion is easy. Studies show that corn causes no more allergies than other grains.

MYTH : By-products should be avoided because they are of inferior quality.

  • FACT : A by-product is simply something produced during the manufacture of another product. The term by-product must be indicated, for example, if chicken giblets are used. In this case, the giblets are highly valuable sources of nutrients and are superior for their nutritional contribution. Most of the time, the presence of a meat by-product is more beneficial than the muscle alone.

MYTH : Holistic food is of superior quality.

  • FACT : Since there is presently no legal definition for the word holistic, a manufacturer can use it to describe any product regardless of content or associated benefits. Therefore, the term does not imply added value.

MYTH : Raw meat is the most "natural" food for an animal, as in nature.

  • FACT : A diet based on bones and raw meat is not balanced and can even be harmful. This type of diet presents many risks for animals and humans. Animals are at greater risk for intestinal obstructions and perforations, tooth fractures and malnutrition. In addition, both pets and the humans in their environment risk contamination from dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and listeria.

MYTH: Preservatives are harmful to my pet's health.

  • FACT : Preservatives are ingredients used in pet food to safeguard against tampering and rancidity. All veterinary foods are preserved naturally with agents such as tocopherols (vitamin E), spice extracts and citric acid. BHA and BHT are sometimes used to slow down the rancidity of fats. Without preservatives, food would spoil quickly and become dangerous to consume. Preservatives are safe when used in the levels recommended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. They are included in many human foods such as bread, cheese and meat among others.