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    Low sensitivity, high absorption and safety are the common advantages of grain free food. Nowadays, it is widely said that grain free food is better than grain free food. However, this is not necessarily true. It’s true that the better dog food on the market is non grain food, but it can’t completely deny that there is grain food. The so-called grain free food refers to the dog food made of low carbohydrate such as vegetables and fruits without corn, wheat, grain shell and other grains. These dog food usually has the characteristics of easy digestion, high absorption and safety. These benefits account for a large part of the reason why it’s good for no reason. The quality of food with and without grain is usually focused on several issues:
    1. The dog evolved from the domestication of wolves, and still retains the characteristics of carnivores. The ability of digesting and absorbing protein and fat in dogs is much higher than that of digesting complex carbohydrate (such as starch food), so dogs are more suitable to use protein and fat as the main energy source. Grain is a common source of complex carbohydrates, but potatoes, which are used as substitutes for grain in non grain foods, are also a common source of complex carbohydrates. Therefore, our measurement standard is to see how many carbohydrates are in this dog food. It’s good to have less carbohydrates. Not all non cereal foods have very low carbohydrates. If there are cereal grains that are used less, they can also have very low carbohydrates, but such cereal grains are less.
    2. The ability of dogs to digest and absorb nutrients from animal sources is better than that from plants. Therefore, we hope that as much as possible, the protein and fat in dog food will come from animals and less from plants. In grains, the ratio of carbohydrate to protein is about 9:1, while in potatoes, the ratio is about 15:1. That is to say, if the nutrition ratio of two dog food is exactly the same, one with grain, one without grain, and one with grain has more plant protein – which is one of the reasons why good dog food doesn’t use grain very much, not only has very low carbohydrate, but also has less protein from plants. The low-end grain, not only has high carbohydrate, but also poor protein, many of which come from plants. Potatoes provide less carbohydrates and less protein than grains. However, we should pay attention to the proportion of other plant protein sources in non cereal grains, such as peas, which can provide more plant protein than cereals. For example, potato protein can be used in carbi non cereal grains, which has the grade of reducing carbi non cereal grains and gives some “moisture” to its protein content.
    3. In addition, wheat and corn are relatively susceptible to allergies in grains. But rice, barley and oats are less sensitive grains. At this point, using high-quality hypoallergenic grains is similar to using potatoes with the same hypoallergenic properties. Therefore, if possible, dry food should be gluten free with high protein, medium fat and low carbohydrate. Moreover, if possible, pea and potato protein should be selected to give less “water” to protein. The focus is still on low carbohydrate, with or without grain is not the primary key. But from the market, there are few low carbohydrate grains in the market. As for wet food, the carbohydrate content of wet food is generally below 20%, so it is recommended to feed wet food in terms of safety and nutrition.

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