Pet Nutrition, Reading The Fine Print

Published Aug 18, 2021  |  Author: Dr. Laura Catena  |  Topic(s): ,

Nutrition is everything. What we eat either helps us or harms us. Everything we consume – food or drink – has an effect at our cellular level. Our lifestyle choices affect our health – this includes not only what we consume, but also how much we move, stress management, and even what we think about. More information now than ever supports how our thoughts affect our body and overall health and well-being.

Regarding nutrition, I am constantly looking at labels. Labeling and marketing of pet food, as well as human food, is unfortunately intentionally misleading and is harmful to the unknowing consumer. So, even if we are reading labels, we have to delve further to understand exactly what the product contains.

For example, let’s discuss natural flavorings that are commonly listed on ingredient labels. Many consumers think that natural flavorings are solely from a natural food source and are healthful; this could not be further from the truth. More often than not, natural flavorings are a concoction of chemicals that can contain up to 100 ingredients. These ingredients are not required to be labeled by the FDA – they are mystery ingredients. Natural flavorings are practically the same exact thing as unhealthful and harmful artificial flavors. The natural flavor is derived from a natural source – but it is vital to keep in mind that there are other ingredients added to the base natural flavor. Again, there can be upwards of 100 different chemical concoctions that are added to this “natural” base flavor and the marketing is intentionally misleading and discreet.

Bezzie dog food does not contain any natural or artificial flavorings.The food is non-GMO, and is free of corn and soy. All Bezzie foods meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for maintenance. Bezzie diets are also prepared in North America and the bites are cooked at low temperatures to preserve nutrient profiles. The ingredients are sourced as sustainably and locally as possible.

I’m a huge supporter of supplementing our pet’s diets with fresh fruits and veggies that are safe for our dogs to consume (please always check with your veterinarian about specifically which fruits and veggies are safe). I love that Bezzie foods contain healthful foods like bok choy, apples, blueberries, flaxseed, carrots, sweet potatoes, wild-caught salmon, and spinach – to name a few.

If you are a dog parent who would like to try Bezzie, please use code LAURA70 for 70% off the two-week trial + free shipping.

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