Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Blended excerpts from Potential Within A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment
and Your Dog's Health ISBN 978-0-9731701-1-5
Authored by Franco Cavaleri
Original post: February 9, 2011
This article is composed of multiple excerpts to result in tone and content shifts and reference numbering that may be out of order.
Uncontrolled oxidation in the body combined with a high glycemic load courtesy of uncontrolled dietary carbohydrate can result in the development of compounds called AGEs (advanced glycation end products). AGEs are formed when sugars react with proteins in the body. And, yes, AGEs accelerate the aging process. Secondary damage to the cardiovascular system, nerves, joints, and general inflammation associated with diabetes is also attributed to the effect of AGEs. This damage begins in the pre-diabetes stage.
AGEs can also form in the foods as they are processed if the carbohydrate and protein components are mixed in a moist environment while being exposed to high heat and air. This is exactly how dry and canned pet foods are made. The resulting AGEs in the food are altered nutrients that cannot be used by the body to maintain or restore health, and a portion of these food-borne AGEs can be absorbed to cause harm in the body.
Interestingly, food-borne AGEs are known to enhance flavor, and manufacturers often purposely incorporate them into processed foods to improve palatability in both human diets and canine diets.
A healthy diet, in the proper quantity and quality, boosts energy and immunity, slows the aging process, and reduces incidences of inflammation and insulin resistance. Knowing how difficult it is to maintain a healthy diet in a human family, the prospect of achieving this for your pet may seem daunting.
While pets will rarely raid your cupboards or refrigerator if you keep food stored properly, they will snack on whatever is within reach. For the most part, however, whatever our pets eat is up to you. The nutrient density, bioavailability of nutrients, and ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate is under your control.
You have to take this same control over your own diet by starting with a shopping list of ONLY healthy foods and leaving the AGE-loaded junk behind in the supermarket.