The News Wants You to Think Grain-Free Food Is Killing Dogs

Here’s some fake news for you. Notice the headline. “Grain-Free Dog Food Warning.”

The news video discusses dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.

Cardiomyopathy has nothing to do with grains or the lack thereof. (We discuss idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy in our Gluten Free Works Health Guide.

The study mentioned in the article never even mentions grains as benefits or liabilities.

The study noted the true  cause of cardiomyopathy in dogs is taurine deficiency. Taurine is an essential amino acid.

Taurine is COMPLETELY ABSENT in cereal grains.

Taurine is found in meats.

The veterinarian in the video discussed lentils, legumes, sweet potatoes and potatoes as the primary ingredients of the suspect dog food. In the video, it sounds like it may have been one type or brand of food.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.

The heart problem had zero to do with the presence or lack of grain in the dog food.

The problem was from a lack of taurine in the diet.

It just happened that this dog food, and possibly others, which was lacking taurine, was grain-free.

The dogs needed meat to get taurine, not grain.

The feature makes you think the problem was the lack of grain.

So, now the news is going after dog food just like it went after human food. It wasn’t just FOX news. CBS and the rest ran with the same story.

Have you noticed all the “gluten-free is bad” articles and stories where the medical correspondent gravely warns against going gluten-free unless you have a medical diagnosis (which is almost impossible to get many times)?

Have you seen how often they say a gluten-free diet can be dangerous? 

That’s totally bogus, of course.

Eating a nutrient poor, junk food rich diet is dangerous.

Makes one wonder…who is paying for this inaccurate, misleading type of coverage that supports, promotes and encourages grains in the diet?

About John Libonati

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Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com & The Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
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