Pet foods can contain additives that may be harmful to your pet, especially after prolong use. Below are the top three additives to avoid when shopping for your pet:
Glycerol Monostearate: a colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting powder. This chemical additive helps keep the fat and water found in food from separating. It is also used to help thicken the food, to keep it from going stale, and to keep it from sticking. There is much controversy due to the fact that some studies have shown it can cause toxicity in certain organs.
Where Else Is It Use?: It is also used for cosmetics, body building products, and hair care products.
Phosphoric Acid: a clear, colorless liquid used in some human foods as well as pet food to add an acidic and sour taste. The presence of Phosphoric Acid is usually a sign of poor-quality fat in a pet food.
Where Else Is It Used?: It is also used in fertilizers, detergent, flavorings, and pharmaceuticals.
Propylene Glycol: a clear, colorless liquid with syrup-like consistency. It is used to keep food from drying out. There is concern that this additive could be toxic in large amounts. Propylene Glycol has been restricted to non-food use in some European countries.
Where Else Is It Used?: It is also used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent.
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to read ingredient labels anytime you are purchasing food for him or her. This is one small step that could make a huge difference for the longevity of your furry friend.