Let's start with the basics what is the purpose of food?
- To nourish
- To induce growth
- To provide health protection
A raw food diet emphasizes uncooked meat (often muscle & organ meat), whole or crushed bones. Also known as “BARF diet” for paws, which stands for Bones & Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
The Raw Food diet has been around for as long as Paws have been around, designed by nature to thrive on natural raw foods, they are direct decedent of wolfs:
- Paw's anatomy has been adapted for a meat diet.
- Their jaw muscles and teeth are designed for tearing and crushing.
- Paw's have smaller muscular stomach and short intestines.
- Paw's have powerful digestive acids.
Studies have shown that for Paw's, cooked foods can take up to 16 hours to pass through their digestive system, compare to Raw that takes up to 4.5 hours.
The further our Paws have moved away from their natural diets the more health problems have developed.
Why is this concept of feeding more important than ever?
For the past 40 to 50 years, the invention of commercial pet foods has been making our Paw's bodies try to adapt to a new way of eating. Commercial process foods lowered the protein levels and increased the grains, carbs, and surgars (which are not part of Paw's diet). This is the opposite way carnivores are meant to eat, adaptation takes many generations to occur and during this process weaker bodies suffer diseases; our Paws now are on the 4th and 5th generations removed from their natural diet and as they try to adapt to this foreign diet, they will continue to develop weaker bodies and to be susceptible to more and new disease.