I believe I know the answer. The great change happened on this planet back when we discovered fire and when we started experimenting with cooking our food. Before humans, no other creature on this planet cooks or tampers with its food in any way. Yet cooked food have become a part and parcel to civilization and we have been conditioned never to question it.
This precipitates my concern over the need to cook and heat process the food for our pets.
About 80 years ago we discovered a way to utilize human food waste and cleverly extrude it into a convenient, dry dog food (aka “kibble”). It was discovered that you could train a carnivore to eat like an omnivore and be able to supplement the diet enough to allow the animal to survive and function. This created a profitable way to make use of the tons of food waste our country was creating. Alas, the pet food manufacturing industry was born.
That is not to say that the new diet had created an optimum form of nutrition.
Now after several generations of feeding this way we are starting to see the ramifications from feeding a species inappropriate diet. As a result, the veterinary clinics today are overrun with a variety of illnesses and degenerative diseases.
While doing research for my next blog, I was elated to find a statement made by holistic nutritionist, Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams. She states: “Health, excellent or ill, is passed to our children not just through our genes but primarily through our recipes.”
It is easy to make the relationship between bad eating and the way we feel after doing so. A 16-inch pizza is great eating going down…but you may pay the price afterwards when our pants get tighter, our energy levels decrease and symptoms of heartburn begin to manifest.
Now compare that to eating a species appropriate raw food diet and visualize the difference in how you will feel. Increased energy, feeling satiated without being sluggish or uncomfortable. It’s a big difference!
Like the saying goes, “You are what you eat.”
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.