Carbohydrates- at one time it was argued that dogs have no “essential requirement for carbohydrates but this is misleading. Humans do not have an “essential requirement” for carbohydrates either. However Carbohydrates are VERY important in a dog’s diet. Dogs have energy requirements which can be met with protein. Of course it is generally expensive and protein is required by the body for other valuable purposes such as building bodily structures.
What do Carbohydrates do?
Carbohydrates are turned into glycogen, used by the liver for quickly accessible energy and by the brain to keep us alert and thinking clearly.Carbohydrates also spare protein to allow the protein to be used for more important uses like building and maintaining bodily tissues, which only protein can achieve. They also lighten the load on the kidneys. Carbohydrates also come with valuable fiber which provide gastrointestinal health. As well they provide important phytochemicals not found in meat products.
As dogs usually eat to provide energy requirements, not nutrient requirements, carbohydrates bring the diet to a so the dog can get the right quantity of their essential nutrients. In other words Carbohydrates provide an efficient energy source in the diet. Therefore they do play a vital role in the dogs diet.
Vegan diets and Carbohydrates
Vegan diets are not necessarily extensive in carbohydrates of course, such diets can be high in protein and fat.
Good Sources of Carbohydrates
Some good sources of carbohydrates can be found in beans, and bean products, wheat, rice, barley, and oats.
So now that we have a better understanding of protein and carbohydrates, tomorrow we will talk about fats.
So until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.