Pet Food Additives to Avoid
Dietary sugar can aggravate health problems in pets, including
diabetes. Sweeteners are commonly added to lower quality pet food to increase
its appeal to your pet.
Many artificial preservatives have been known to cause
illnesses in our pets. Some are even suspected of being carcinogenic.
Your pet does not care about the color of its food, only that the food smells and tastes good. Manufacturers commonly add
artificial colors to make the food look more like beef, fish, or other food
products, so that it is more appealing to us, the humans. Completely unnecessary, and
most of us should remember Red Dye #7 being pulled from human foods because it was
found to be dangerous.
Sweeteners and Preservatives
- Propylene glycol: Also known as anti-freeze, although supposedly a safe, non-toxic version.
It is commonly used in soft pet foods to help retain water and give them that intersting texture that soft pelleted cat food has.
It is, however, linked to the reduction in red blood cell life span, and suspect of causing cancer.
- Propyl gallate: Synthetic preservative, suspected of causing diseases of
the liver and cancer.
- Potassium sorbate: A commonly used
preservative chemically similar to fat.
- Ammoniated glycyrrhizin: A sweetener.
- Sucrose: Table sugar which highly
increases the risk of diabetes in pets.
- Etboxyquin: Developed for use in the
production of rubber, this preservative
has been found to cause thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune related
illnesses as well as cancer.
- Butylated bydroxytoluene (BHT): A
preservative which is used to prevent fats from spoiling. This
preservative may be a cause of liver, brain
and kidney damage, metabolic stress, fetal abnormalities and serum
- Sodium nitrite: A widely used
preservative and red coloring agent.
When used in food, it can produce carcinogenic substances known as
- Sodium Metabisulfate: A preservative. In
humans it causes brain damage,
weakness, difficulty in swallowing and loss of consciousness.
- Beet pulp: Dried residue from sugar beets
- Red No. 3
- Red No. 40 (a possible carcinogen)
- Yellow No. 5
- Yellow No. 6
- Blue No. 1
- Blue No. 2 (shown in studies to increase dogs' sensitivities to fatal viruses)