A report by the nonprofit Cornucopia Institute highlights the value of organic pet food. According to the report, conventional pet food may contain unhealthy meat, additives, and moldy grains. In addition, says Cornucopia, both dog and cat foods may contain too much starch from sources such as corn, wheat, rice, oats, peas, and potatoes.
Although humans generally vary their meals, pets typically eat the same foods over and over, so it's important to watch for shortfalls and toxins. If it isn't possible to buy organic pet food, Cornucopia recommends avoiding these ingredients:
- Carrageenan, a seaweed-based stabilizer and thickener that can cause intestinal inflammation.
- Synthetic preservatives such as BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin.
- "Meat" that doesn't specify the species of meat or is described as a by-product or being rendered.
For a free buyer's guide, visit cornucopia.org/pet-food-guide.