43957Re: [FH] Possible connection - Heart Disease , Inflammation and Food Allergy
- Jan 1, 2012The problem with trying to gain sufficient protein for obligate carnivores, from a vegetable source, is that vegetables are an incomplete protein. Meat has all of the essential amino acids to make a complete protein. Twenty two, I believe.
Vegetables have only one or two of the essential amino acids. Not nearly enough to sustain an obligate carnivore. Starches have no place in a cats diet. Those are the culprits in cat diabetes and obesity. Corn is considered an energy food. High in sugar content, but very little protein.
Most all of the documentation of food allergies in animals is done by pet food companines.
From: "acrocat@..." <acrocat@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 1, 2012 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: [FH] Possible connection - Heart Disease , Inflammation and Food Allergy
On a bit of a tangent ...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patti Thomas <tpatti54@...> wrote:
> Most all commercial pet foods contain fillers such as corn, wheat, oats, and other grains, which have little to no protein or nutritional value.
I think that cats, as obligate carnivores, should have a meat-based diet. However they can and do digest and gain nutrition from grains and starches, it's a common myth that these don't contain protein and that cats somehow can't access its nutrients. Many foods contain corn as a cheap protein source, not as a filler.
BTW, the two most commonly documented food allergens in cats are beef and dairy (the third is the protein of some type of plant, can't remember if it's wheat? corn?). Go figure.
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