Most grains found in commercial, pet grade foods are grains that are unfit for human consumption. This means they are filled with mold, aflotoxins and bacteria. They are also poor quality since most are by-products of the milling process. This means they are the left overs of the milling of corn, wheat, barley and are stripped of their inherent nutrients. So many dogs are experiencing allergies and even seizures due to the quality of raw ingredients in their diet. The grains themselves are not the issue, their quality and toxicity are!
Grains have many health benefits as long as they are whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat pasta and barley. Once cooked, they are well absorbed and well digested by dogs. Whole grains provide a myriad of vitamins and minerals and provide soluble fiber to feed the ‘good bacteria’ in the gut. They also provide the nutrients the body needs to manufacture its own Vit. K.
Whole grains are digested slowly which keeps the blood sugar low, reducing stress on the pancreas and the liver. They are also an excellent form of protein when combined with the amino acids of vegetables.