Would You Eat Kibble for the Rest of Your Life?

Colorful Kibble

Seriously?  I’m asking you to consider a diet of kibble for the rest of your life.  No other food choices, just dry kibble-like pellets of food.

I looked at my pet dogs when I was a kid an wondered why they so thankfully gobbled down pellets, day and night, and if they possibly longed for anything else to eat.

Barkley, my old boy

Have you studied up on how dog food is made?  It will turn your stomach.  Trust me, unless you’re feeding your dogs a high quality dog food and spending the money to do so, you are feeding them rancid oils and throw-back animal parts.  Sewer sludge is probably healthier.

Then I studied my pet rats and realized their food was mostly grains with some seeds thrown in for color.  Have you ever seen a rat seek out a grain field?  They seem much happier eating table scraps and garbage of variety.

Cute Ratty

So I tried the rat food.  It was horrid.  Dry, flavorless grains.  Not to mention all of my rats kept getting bloody noses and eventually dying.  I’ve been told it is “common” for rats to get these bloody nose illnesses, however as a physician I’m going to take an educated guess and assume massive nutritional deficiencies and possibly scurvy.

Then I tried the dog food.  Boo.  Smelled of rancid oil (it was a freshly opened bag) and tasted like cardboard that had been dipped into MSG laden fake beef flavoring.

I encouraged my mother to feed them something else.  She informed me that human food would make them ill.

You’ve all heard that one before.  “Human food will make your dogs ill”.

Really?  Seems to me that real food is real food, no matter what the species.  Meat is from animals, vegetables grow out of the ground and fruits are the flowering part of a tree or bush usually.  Nuts and berries grow from plants.  Dairy is derived from animals and so on.

Mom had a point, common human foods like processed cheese food, high fructose corn syrup and enriched white bread will of course make your dogs ill.  It will also kill you slowly.

Rancid oil, animal throw-away parts and synthetic vitamins added into a sludge then cooked at high temps to “bake” it into kibble bits is not real food.  However it’s fed to dogs every day all over the world.  Poor doggies, they don’t like that.

Would seem to me that if you look at a dogs dentition that they’re carnivores for the most part.  They would prefer meat given the choice over kibble pellets.  They also go crazy for butter (any fat for that matter) and various fruits and veggies.  Dogs do well on raw meat because their digestive tract is shorter than ours and they can handle meat that may be tainted with bacteria that would otherwise make a human ill.  They pulls berries off bushes and eat nuts given the opportunity.  They love fresh grass, herbs and some flowering plants.  I know, I observe them making these choices and I’ve had dogs my entire life.

Please don’t argue evolution with me on this one, dogs prefer to eat the same way they did hundreds of years ago before kibble was ever invented.

Happy Canine

Kibble was invented for the same reasons that disposable diapers, infant formula and panty hose were- convenience to us humans.

I Googled “Optimal Diets for _______” (insert animal of choice).  Turns out that grains are NOT on the top of any list for any animal.  Not even cows- high grain diets in cows make them sess pools of very dangerous E. Coli.  Rabbits prefer fresh vegetables and leafy greens.  Rats can live off anything and I’m thinking, having had many pet rats, they would be better off living on garbage than empty grains.

Look at your teeth in the mirror.  See those “canine” teeth?  They’re designed to rip through meat.  The incisors are for a similar purpose, mostly just for cutting any kind of food.  The ones in the back, the molars, are meant for chewing/grinding.  Does kibble need to be cut, rip or grind?  Nope.  It just crunches or smooshes.

Now, sit down and think about what you put in your mouth on a daily basis.   Are you eating pellets and kibble?  Probably not literally, however I observe humans just as much as I observe dogs and I’m shocked at what people consider “food”.

Most of it looks like kibble to me:

  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Puffy packing material with cheese flavoring on it
  • Weird things in packages that come from convenience stores full of chemicals I can’t pronounce and coloring agents that are derived in a lab.
  • Soda
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Coloring
  • Fake Juice Drinks
  • Fake cheese products
  • Cereal
  • Genetically modified corn products (that’s in EVERYTHING),
  • Fake meat products
  • Fruit in cans drowning in high fructose corn syrup
  • Partially hydrogenated soybean oil (instead of butter)
  • Fake Meat Products made from genetically modified soy fashioned to taste like meat (which totally confuses me)
  • More chemicals I can’t pronounce and a whole bunch more junk I would never, ever allow my dogs to eat.

We are eating kibble people.  Yes, it’s true.  The food we feed our selves and more shockingly, our children, is worse than kibble.  No sensible person would put it into their dogs mouths, but they’ll gladly devour it themselves.

I know you don’t want to hear it or believe it, but unless 98% of your daily diet consists of the following, what I claim above is true:

  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Real butter
  • Real non-rancid oils/fats
  • Water
  • 100% Juice products
  • Coffee, Tea, etc
  • Wine, Spirits, Beer

The above list is it, that’s what you’re supposed to eat as a human.

If you are confused about a food choice ask yourself the following few questions to determine if it is FOOD or KIBBLE:

1)  Does it look like where it came from?  (ie. meat looks like a piece of chicken, not a pressed nugget shaped item)

2)  Did it grow out of the ground or off a tree/bush?

3)  Did it once have a pulse or come out of an animal that had a pulse?

4)  Are there less than 5 ingredients on the label and can you identify and pronounce each one?

5)  Did it come from any where in the grocery store besides the periphery?

If you answer NO to any of these questions, it is suspect and probably kibble.  I suggest you put it down and choose something that comes from the above list of approved food choices.

Don’t live off of kibble people. We are being devoured as a country by obesity and chronic, preventable, degenerative diseases.

I challenge you to get a hold of your emotions on this issue and begin to make CONSCIOUS FOOD CHOICES.

Every day, every meal.

There is no perfect book or magic diet, there is only REAL FOOD.  Your mouth is not a garbage can, nor is your child’s, so stop acting as if it were.

I truly believe the government would prefer us all to be fat and slow, we are easier to control that way.

I’m challenging you to make choices that turn your instincts on and keep your headlights on high.

If you need more than one pharmaceutical on a daily basis to keep you functioning, you are likely not making these proper food choices.

If you don’t know how to read a nutrition label, learn.

If you don’t know what the difference between a grain (starch), a protein, a vegetable, a fat, etc is- google it and learn about it.

Growing Old is Not for Sissies

I challenge you to educate yourself on the subject and make the changes necessary for a long life, void of preventable diseases and sub-par standard of life.  Food is medicine!  Health is earned, not given.