Thursday, May 3, 2012

Why Feeding High Fiber Kibble to Fat Cats Defies Logic

By Dr. Becker
Mercola HealthPets

In a study published recently in the Journal of Animal Science, researchers investigated the effects of three different types of fiber on overweight cats.

(Right off the bat, one has to wonder about the real purpose behind testing biologically inappropriate food on animals who already have a weight problem.)

Twenty-four overweight cats were fed one of four dry food diets:

  • A control diet with 11.5 percent fiber
  • Diet containing beet pulp with 26 percent fiber
  • Diet with wheat bran and 24 percent fiber
  • Diet with sugarcane and 28 percent fiber
The purpose of the study was to measure the effects of fiber on energy and macronutrient digestibility, fermentation product formation, postprandial metabolite responses, and colon histology.

In other words, the researchers wanted to know how well the cats’ bodies were able to digest and assimilate the nutrition provided by the various fiber diets, and what changes occurred in the colon as a result of eating significant amounts of dietary fiber.

Click here to read the full article on Mercola HealthyPets.

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