8 Reasons Grain-Free Dog Food Is Good For Your Pup

Founder of Bell & Bone, Arianne Sackville, shares why grain-free dog food is good for your pup and why she's dedicated to making healthy functional 'superfood' dog treats that provide maximum nutrition for your fur-baby.

If you know how to pronounce quinoa you’ve probably heard about the grain debate in the health industry. Going carb-free, Paleo or gluten-free all encourage cutting out grains for health reasons. So what does this mean for our pups’ food?

Grains are complex carbohydrates made up of starch, which turns into sugar and fat. We often forget that dogs are actually animals – habitually out in the wild, eating meat, vegetables and plants. Because of this biology, it is said they don’t fully digest grains (or socks, but that’s another story). Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down starchy carbohydrates, and dogs don't have enough of it in their bodies to fully break down, digest, and metabolise these carbs.

Grains offer carbohydrate-based energy, and whole grains add fibre, however there are superiror benefits in other foods that outweigh the need for grains.

As shown by recent studies, a good rule of thumb is a doggie diet of 75% lean muscle meat, 5% meat from organs (mostly liver), 10% bone, and 10% plant matter and other healthy ingredients.

This last ten percent is what Bell & Bone are dedicated to filling with smarter ingredients that have proven benefits for your dog’s health.

Wondering what will happen when you move your dog to a grain-free diet with a focus on healthy ingredients?

Here are eight benefits both you and your pup will enjoy:

Fuller for Longer

Ever noticed how you can scoff down two bowls of pasta and not feel full? It’s the same for dogs. Protein has a slow release of energy, so switching grains out for it means they are the right kind of full, for longer.

Smarter Fibre

An important part of a pup’s digestive health is fibre, but it doesn’t have to come from grains. A smarter ingredient for nutrients is carob. It’s a good source of fibre (as well as protein) without the added carbohrydrates.

Appetite Management

When your dog doesn’t get enough nutrients from their high-carb food, their body tells them to keep eating. A grain-free diet can help with over-eating and weight loss.

Fewer Allergies

Grains contain commonly known allergens for dogs; top of the list is wheat.

Shinier Coat

High protein diets contain more omega-3 fatty acids from food like fish, eggs and even coconuts, resulting in healthy skin and a glossy coat.

Fewer Stools

And in fact smaller stools too, due to less indigestible material in their diet. This also means less plastic bags to bring on walks!

Less Smells

Starchy carbs linger in the mouth and bacteria feeds on it creating a foul odour, so cutting these out means better doggie breath. Also, cutting out grains reduces gassiness. Less smells from both ends!

Sustained Energy

Rather than a spike and a crash, they’ll have sustained energy for bounding around and persistent leaping to lick faces.

When you think about it, the historical diet for canines is high in protein as they’d hunt and eat raw meat. It’s not like our dogs’ ancestors were grazing on wheat crops or hunting rice.

Although our fur-babies now shake hands for treats and sleep on our beds rather than outside, their insides haven’t changed quite so much. It makes sense to maintain their historically high-protein diet, with the addition of nutrients that are proven to be beneficial.

So why do so many brands include a high amount of grains? Namely, price. Cornflour is just $5 per kilo whereas coconut flour is $10 per kilo. Meat protein can be more expensive again, and so these cheaper grains or cereals are used as filler.

At Bell & Bone we pride ourselves on our quality ingredients, chosen for their proven benefits, and not compromising for cheap fillers.

Our philosophy is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and happy wellbeing for our best friends. This begins with the food we feed them, giving them energy for long walks, happy tummies, and plenty of kisses!

Find out more about what dogs can eat.

Arianne Sackville

Article by Arianne Sackville

Before she was the founder of Bell & Bone, Arianne Sackville was the parent of a puppy. A hungry puppy who needed healthy food to grow into a healthy dog. But what Arianne saw on the shelves didn’t look very healthy at all - it was full of grains, sugars and animal fats. She researched raw foods for dogs, but keeping up with the shopping wasn’t always easy. And so she spent a year working with a food technologist and a pet dietitian developing a line of treats with the convenience of commercial dog food and the nutrition of wholefood. Now, with Bell & Bone, “healthy can be easy”!

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