Macronutrients are chemical elements required in large amounts for growth and development. These include Protein, Fat, Fiber and Carbohydrates
What is DNA Analysis?DNA Analysis is a determination of cross-contamination or missing DNA containing ingredients. DNA is found in meat proteins such as chicken, pork, beef, insects, rodents, dogs, cats, etc. DNA is also found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. DNA is […]
What are Nutritional Minerals?
Nutritional minerals are responsible for maintaining healthy body functions such as balancing the pH, kidney functions, building strong bones, transmitting nerve impulses. Some are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.
Minerals that the body requires for these functions include Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Iodine, and Chloride.
“Complete and Balanced” pet foods often contain synthetic vitamin/mineral packs. However, in regulatory definitions it is stated that absorption of these nutrients in processed foods is between 10% and 90%. While one rate of absorption may lead to deficiency, another may lead to toxicity. Regulation urges manufacturers of processed foods to add minerals in levels that are significantly higher than what a pet requires to ensure they meet minimum requirements even in the face of poor absorption.
What are Pathogens?
Salmonella, E.Coli, and Listeria are bacteria that in some cases may be pathogenic. By definition, a pathogen is a bacteria (or other substance) that is capable of causing illness or death. Alternatively, a bacteria is a unicellular organism that may or may not be pathogenic. The FDA does not make a distinction between bacteria vs pathogenic bacteria.
What are Aflatoxins?
Aflatoxins are in a family of poisonous, cancer-causing molds that are most commonly found in ‘binder’ ingredients such as tapioca, corn, millet, rice, sorghum, and wheat. Mycotoxins, aflatoxins and vomitoxins often go undetected in pet foods.
Aflatoxins have been linked to stunted growth, delayed development, liver damage and liver cancer. Dietary aflatoxin exposure is concerning, however certain aflatoxin molds can even permeate through the skin, lending legitimate concern to pet owners and their children in the home.
What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, normally sourced from sunlight, that increases intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. It is responsible for multiple body functions including regulating bone density, boosting immune health and reducing the risk of cancer. Register or […]