What Are Super Foods and How Do They Benefit Our Pets?

July 23, 2015

Super Foods

Specialty pet food ingredients are taking the industry by storm. Pet owners are demanding healthier options, including the so-called “super foods” for their fur-friends, and manufacturers who see the slow-down in sales in the old standard pet foods are working to give the public what it wants.

According to “Pet Food Industry Magazine” (www.petfoodindustry.com), the term “super food” is “any nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

In today’s world, the popular foods that fit the category of super food include kale, blueberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, various seeds, pomegranate, and anti-oxidants.  Health-conscious consumers are looking to combine those healthy ingredients with “novel” proteins such as bison, duck, salmon, whitefish, rabbit and more.

Today’s pet parents are absorbing the mounds of information that websites like feedingfidoandlfuffy.com offer and are avoiding the old methods of feeding their dogs and cats by-products and chemicals.  They see the super foods as health benefits to reduce the chances of tumors, joint pain and weight gain.

In short, we want our pets to eat foods similar to our own diets.  Pet food manufacturers, at least in the premium markets, are formulating new products containing various super foods to attract these pet owners who demand the best quality and reliability in food for their dogs and cats.

Even manufacturers of pet treats are getting on-board with the healthier ingredients.  You’ll find treats on the market that include kale, pomegranates, and other fruits.  Companies are making pet food supplements that include kelp and even seaweed ground into powder.

Here are some super foods that will put a bounce in your pets step:

Salmon, mackerel, herring, and halibut are high in Omega-3’s and work to combat joint pains like arthritis.  Fish oil from these varieties definitely improve your pet’s diet.

Blueberries, broccoli and sweet potatoes act as anti-inflammatories on the animal’s body.

Pumpkin is good for the animal’s digestion.  Also helps with diarrhea.

Kale, a leafy vegetable containing an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants.  It also offers anti-inflammatory protection.

Carrots contain tons of B vitamins as well as magnesium and manganese.

Chia seeds offer fiber and omega fatty acids and don’t have to be ground up like flax seeds.

While the super food term may seem like nothing more than a popular buzz-word, dog and cat owners are thrilled to have these healthy options to offer their pets.

Quinoa is a seed related to spinach and is a complete protein, supplying all 8 amino acids.

These are but a few of the many super foods available for your pets.  Shop carefully and choose the pet varieties that offer the most beneficial ingredients for your dog or cat.

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