Today, we are more health-conscious than ever and moving away from processed foods. Among the many foods included in an unprocessed food diet are ancient grains that are bursting with vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
But is this good for your doggo?
Ancient grains: what are these?
These are grain varieties that have evolved over the last five thousand years or more and have retained both their taste and nutritional value. Unlike most typical grains (rice, wheat, and corn), ancient grains tend to be less processed and are still grown today as they were in the past.
Here are some examples of ancient grains that you must’ve heard of:
What could ancient grains offer to your dog?
What do these grains have to offer to your four-legged friends? Let’s find out.
Ancient grains are easy on their digestive system
In comparison to other grains, ancient grains are a storehouse of fibers, which help regulate their digestive health by optimizing their bowel movements and decreasing the rate of nutrient absorption in their blood.
Why is it a good thing? Because faster nutrient absorption can lead to sudden surges in their blood sugar levels and might also result in digestive problems in the long run.
They have a higher mineral content
While macronutrients take up a major portion of your pet’s diet, micronutrients are equally important for them, especially minerals, since they are responsible for keeping bones and teeth strong.
Ancient grains are rich in all the minerals essential for their health, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.
The absence of fillers: another bonus
Fillers have little-to-no nutritional value and are added to your pet’s diet to bulk it in an attempt to make them feel fuller for longer periods of time. In most dog foods, rice, corncobs, and soy are used as fillers. Ancient grains, being rich in fibers already, don’t need additional fillers and are, therefore, a healthier alternative.
They contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in abundance
As many of you might already know, natural antioxidants play a key role in their skin and coat health. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are two of these major nutrients and are present in ancient grains in abundance.
Additionally, these healthy fatty acids can also optimize their cardiovascular health, lower their cholesterol levels, and regulate their blood sugar levels.
Do ancient grains seem like a great diet choice for your pet? Talk to your vet on how you can incorporate it in your doggo’s diet!