WHICH IS THE HEALTHIER OPTION FOR A PET TREAT: WHITE OR WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR?

Looking for a healthy pet treat option? Some newbie pet owners might think whole-wheat, as an ingredient in a treat, may be a “healthier” option.

Logically, we know that whole-wheat flour should be better than white flour, right?

Not according to researchers it’s not!

“You might be interested to learn that whole wheat flour and white flour both have the same effect on raising blood sugar levels. So, please don’t be fooled by pet food manufacturers that are selling healthy, ‘whole-wheat’ products.” – Dr. Jean Dodds/Canine Nutrigenomics

You see both whole wheat and white flour have a high GI index. According to Dr. Dodds, you definitely want to avoid feeding your pet high glycemic carbohydrates such as corn, sugar, white rice and wheat (whether it be white or whole).

The result is a chemical reaction called glycation, a pro-inflammatory process that plays a role in a host of inflammatory diseases

Why?

Because research shows that high glycemic index carbohydrates trigger the body to produce a chronic inflammatory response contributing to a variety of health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer!

“A diet high in grains stokes inflammation. When blood sugar spikes, glucose builds up in the blood like so many standby passengers on a flight. When glucose loiters in the blood, it gets into trouble by attaching itself to nearby proteins. The result is a chemical reaction called glycation, a pro-inflammatory process that plays a role in a host of inflammatory diseases — everything from cataracts to arthritis to heart disease.” – experiencelife.com

So what is a healthy treat option for your pet?

If you ask me, nothing beats a fresh or dehydrated piece of ethically raised, grass-fed, locally sourced meat when offered to our carnivorous companions. However if you want to feed a biscuit of sorts, please make sure you steer clear from any treat made using high glycemic ingredients!

Pet Nutrition Blogger – Rodney Habib