The global demand for CBD foods and oils in human food has extended to pet foods globally even though it is still sitting on the fence about its legal stance with FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). According to some online sources it has been predicted to grow exponentially from the current US$4.6 billion currently in sales to a whopping US$26.6 billion by 2025. In Japan itself it makes up 100% of the market’s products and a lot of the big companies are joining in on the fun too. This article can give you more information about this topic https://hempindustrydaily.com/international-companies-tap-japans-booming-cbd-market/
It is all well and good that industry has taken the world by storm, but this means competition is just as big and bad and so are manufacturers and producers globally, due to high-demand of CBD as a prime ingredient in all foods including pet foods.
If your familiar with the phrase “never judge a book by its cover” it would be fitting to say that would apply here when it comes to buying dog food because the ingredients look acceptable. However you need to be very careful what you put in your pet’s mouth and as such we have included a list of some of the ingredients considered bad in the dog food department, so if you see any of this on the packaging, run the other way!
BHA/BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
These are the synthetic components that help preserve food, we have it in human food and we also have it in dog foods. Studies have been done for long-term exposure to these substances and have found to have various side-effects such as thyroid and kidney problems to name a few. Food industries use these additives because they act as a higher form of preservative and remain stable at high temperatures in comparison to natural or organic foods that rely mainly on Vitamin E for preservation, especially organic pet foods, which should be your first choice. Find out more about this here.
Another product added to food to make it look more desirable or aesthetically pleasing to the buyer. Nothing wrong with that until it involves an artificial by-product.
There are some hidden health-risks with this ingredient in some cases causing side-effects linked to hyperactivity and several biochemical processes within the circulatory system. If you think about it, if its role is to make food look ‘pretty’, it should be unnecessary.
There are tons of natural colours derived from fruits and vegetables that can easily be used in pet food (and human food). A lot of the issues that dogs have with their skin, hair and overall health comes from this. Using foods with natural ingredients such as CBD add more benefits to the pet instead and look good too.
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Our motto with our pet food is – if you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it! here is yet another additive to our pet’s food that sounds like a chemical. Does anyone know where it comes from or what it’s for? No, but they will still buy it. this is more of a flavour enhancer than anything else. So, if the food would normally taste bland, the manufacturers add this ingredient to spruce it up so your pet likes the taste and gets addictive to it.
Trouble is, this one simple addition, can something as not-so-simple as brain damage to your pets. It has been seen to alter the brains response to the food we eat (both us and our pets), rendering us incapable of limiting our intake, but rather wanting to eat more and more of the food. This can result in liver damage and obesity in your animal.
These are just three of the things that we have included here for you to have a look at. The list does not end here, there are still other additions and chemical preservatives such as meat and bone meal, rendered fat or Propylene Glycol (PG) and Ethoxyquin, which is illegal to use in human food in the USA but is being used in pet food that can do just as much harm if not more to your four-legged companion. Why would you want to do that to it?