Overall Food Health Values

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Overall Food Health Values

By: Christopher Stephen

Let's take a look a the basic food elements in your perfect dietary plan; fruits and vegetables group, bread, cereals, rice and past groups, meats and beans group and dairy group. Each has different characteristics or helpful nutritional value for your dietary needs.

Fruits and Vegetables - Fruits have very little if any protein and fat. Instead, they have carbohydrates, generally fruit sugar or fructose and glucose. As Florida commercials tend to announce, fruits offer us vitamins, C and B to be exact, as well as potassium, fiber and other nutrients. While the sugar helps with maintaining blood sugar levels, vitamins and other nutrients help ward off sickness and disease, and fiber is important for waste disposal from the body.

Here is a peek at some fruits and their relationship to the perfect diet.

Apples - These help cleanse the system and aid lungs, and have been used as laxatives, for fainting, melancholy and palpitations. Apples have been known to help people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high cholesterol trouble.

Apricots - These offer beta carotene and potassium. They aid in adding moisture to the body, especially the breathing and throat areas. Apricots have been known to help fight cancer and high blood pressure, prevent night blindness, aid those with stomach and lung cancers, low energy and elderly with mental depression.

Bananas - These have been noted to help with intestinal and lung problems, ulcers and constipation, mental alertness, and increasing energy. They also help people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease risk, blood sugar level maintenance, and the elderly with confusion.

Berries - A variety of berries has been noted to help with varicose veins, menstrual problems, premature graying, joint ailments, insomnia, liver, spleen and pancreas problems. They also help reduce cancer risk and aid with rheumatoid arthritic solutions, weight loss issues, stomach and colon cancers.

Citrus Fruits - Oranges, tangerines, kumquats, lemons, limes - -help with stomach and colon trouble and with anemia and infections (like scurvy) and colds. They are also help people with cataracts and the prevention of colon and stomach cancers.

Figs - These work as laxatives and have been known to help with the treatment of boils and anemia reduction, and the prevention of osteoporosis.

Grapes - Grapes are associated with cleansing the body and to help with water retention, urinary issues, jaundice and hepatitis. They are also associated with the healing of rheumatoid arthritis and aid with mental confusion / depression, especially among the elderly.

Mangos - Mangos are noted to aid in the prevention of anemia and the strengthening of the immune system. They also have been used to help with fighting off infections and tumors and the prevention of cervical cancer. And they help with the heal of diarrhea, sweating and mental alertness.

Papayas - This is a great source for vitamin C and is also noted for helping with male fertility, with aiding white blood cells among the elderly, with intestinal treatments and with cancer prevention.

Pears - Pears have similar characteristics as apples. They provide moisture for the body, are slow to digest and have fairly little allergic responses reported. They have also been used to help with coughing, diabetes, cholesterol levels, dryness in the chest cavity, skin injuries, introducing babies to food, staving off hunger and boosting brain power.

Pineapples - Their juice helps with digestion, dissolving blood clots (related to thrombosis) and healing wounds. They have been known to help with cancer prevention.

Prunes - Help with iron deficiency and constipation. Prune puree can act as a substitute in dietary cooking to lighten the fat low, working in place of butter and margarine.

Now let's look at some veggies. Again low in calories, vegetables are also high in fiber content, vitamins and minerals, with little to zero protein and fats. Check and see how some veggies affect your perfect diet.

Artichoke - Artichokes have been known to aid liver disease, kidneys and gallbladders. They also help with large intestinal problems, skin and bowel cancer prevention, high cholesterol and hepatitis.

Asparagus - Great source of some vitamin B, this veggie helps with water retention with regards to kidneys and menstrual issues, cataracts and lung problems (some bronchitis, tuberculosis).

Avocado - Great source for vitamins E and some Bs and oil, avocados help with the immune systems in elderly people. They also aid the liver, lungs and intestines (ulcer treatments), infertility in men and Parkinson's Disease.

Broccoli - This has been noted to help with anemia, eye disorders like near-sightedness, and infections, especially childhood ones like measles. Broccoli has also been known to help counteract the effects of cigarette smoke and aid in many types of cancer prevention.

Cabbage - Cabbage has been used to help with lung and digestive disorders, ulcers, wounds, joints, mastitis and acne. Is has been reported to help with breast and prostate cancers, bacterial infections and heart disease prevention.

Celery - This is helpful for those with high blood pressure, for those with rheumatoid arthritis and for calming, not only with the liver but with stress and anxiety as well. Celery is also used to help with stomach, pancreas and spleen troubles, acne and canker sores, burning urine and eye inflammation.

Legumes - These seed pod products help with the reduction of heart disease risk and help with the healing of some cancers, blood sugar level maintenance and iron / calcium maintenance in the body. They also aid people with anemia and diabetes.

Mushrooms - These help white blood cells in the immune system, help fight some cancers and heart disease and may help in the prevention of clotting, by blood thinning.

Onions - They have helped with heart disease prevention, bladder (and other) cancer, and circulatory problems. They have also helped in healing swelling from bug bites and bronchial inflammations. And onion tea is said to have sedative qualities.

Potatoes / Other Roots - These root veggies are associated with the prevention of different cancers, the prevention of blood clotting related with heart disease, and with protection against inhaled nicotine (via smokers). Carrots further aid in stomach and lung cancer care, food poisoning healing, iron deficiency, sexual problems and night blindness. While beets help reduce heart disease risk and spina bifida (with pregnant women). And they help with high blood pressure care and muscle replenishing.

Pumpkins / Squash - These have been known to help with the prevention of prostate cancer and the reduction of heart disease risk. They also aid in healing cataracts / retinal and lens damage in the eye and with the flu and colds.

Soybeans - These help with osteoporosis risk reduction, lowering blood cholesterol levels, and prostate and breast cancer reduction and prevention. Soybeans have also been known for helping the spleen, blood and pancreas, and increasing milk production in breast-feeding women.

Tomatoes - These help in the reduction of heart disease, the healing of prostate and other cancers, and with the aging (both mentally and physically) process.

Bread, Cereals, Rice and Pasta - Cereals are considered staple foods. Depending upon the country, weather, region, etc., popular varieties vary; corn, barley, oats, wheat, rice, millet. Grains mainly give the body carbohydrates (mostly starches), some fiber, protein, vitamins (mainly Bs and E) and minerals. Here is a peek at some foods in this category.

Bread - This major energy source offers the body lots of nutrition, protein, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Breads help reduce risk of infertility in men, anemia, heart and spine problems, osteoporosis and colon cancer risk. Historically, bread was prescribed as nature's way to aid in colonic irrigation.

Corn - Corn may be able to help with spina bifida risk in babies. It helps with heart disease and colon cancer prevention. Popped corn can be a great diet food, depending upon the oil and additives (like butter) used. Corn silks have been used in diuretic teas to help with high blood pressure, gallstones, kidney stones, water retention, and urinary problems.

Oats - Oats are known to help with skin problems and in the treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia. The saponins, B vitamins and alkaloids in oats aid with mood-lifting. Some forms of oats also work as antiseptic and heart disease treatments, help lower blood pressure and with weight reduction (cause full feeling and digest slowly) and are popular on diabetic menus.

Rice - Rice has been used for the healing of depression, for reducing colon cancer risk, for reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It offers quick energy for the body, helps calm the stomach, is good for poor digestion and diarrhea, and helps fight celiac disease. Rice cakes are great substitutions for dieters, replacing breads.

Wheat - This traditional kidney toner help with the reduction and prevention of colon and breast cancer, blocking of the arteries and heart disease. Wheat also aids in mental functions including focus and calmness. Many pastas are made from wheat and in this category. They offer carbohydrates, fiber and B vitamins to the body.

Meats and Fish - Meats are a source of protein and iron. Mainly fat content needs to be of concer with regards to perfect dietary planning. And leaner meats are becoming more readily available; lean hamburger, buffalo, emu and ostrich. Fish, also good protein sources, help reduce heart disease risk, inflammation and blood clotting.

Fish - Oily fish have been known to help with bone density, to relieve psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritic pain, and help prevent heart disease and anemia. Shellfish helps with male fertility, brittle bones, weak muscles, weight loss and the prevention of cancer.

Meats - Aid male fertility, build body tissue, nervous system damage and maintenance and help with the prevention of anemia and osteoporosis.

Gamebirds / Poultry - These foods help enhance concentration and mood. They also aid in the prevention of anemia and depression. And for those with allergies, turkey and chicken are noted at rarely causing allergic reactions.

Dairy - Dairy products help in the prevention of tooth decay, protein deficiency, loss of energy, high blood pressure, bone fractures, osteoporosis, rickets and some cancers including colo

About The Author

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juldansol 17.10.2008. 03:22

What are some similarities and differences between Food Critics and Health Inspectors? I know they are very different when it comes to judging food, but what are those differences and do they have anything else in common?


Admin 17.10.2008. 03:22

A food critic would be focusing on a few things like: the quality & origin of the ingredients used to create the meal, the overall taste, the overall visual presentation, quality of service, the value in pricing schemes, infomation on who cooked the food (the chef)...their previous food experience & work related history, comparisons & contrasts to other similar restaurants. They give you the "lowdown" on your entire dining experience at a given restaurant establishment.

Conversely, a Health/Food Inspector ensures that the restaurant establishment is handling the food in accordance to the standards established by City/State Laws. They check things like: the cleanliness of the restaurant, the certification/food handlers permits of the staff, temperature readings of the freezers, the fridge and the "food holding areas" (like steam tables), they check for pest problems (ants,mice,roaches,rats), proper food storage facilities/proper temperatures/expiration dates on ingredients, etc... Health/Food Inspectors are not concerned about how the food tastes, how it is priced, where the chefs learned their culinary skills, how the food is presented. They focus on the overall risk to the health and safety of the patrons...preventing food borne illnesses. Hope this info helps.


Leave my kitten alone 20.12.2006. 10:37

What are the best foods to eat that make you lose weight fast? Are there any foods that you can eat that actually MAKE you lose weight? I dont want any answers that say "eat less and excersise more" because that isnt the answer I'm looking for. I lost a lot of weight and I know what to do for the long run, I just want to lose about 5 more lbs before Xmas and was wondering if there are foods that will help me do this because I dont want to starve myself. Thanks for your help

Leave my kitten alone

Admin 20.12.2006. 10:37

Let's start by clarifying a couple of things:
1. weight is not the best indicator of your health (because muscle weighs more than fat, two people of the same height can weigh the same and be drastically different in terms of health).
2. Body fat percentage is a true indicator.
3. Fat is burned by reducing overall caloric value.
4. If you burn more than you consume, you will lose fat (lower body fat percentage)
5. If you exercise and strength train, you can burn more calories and replace fat with muscle which will allow you to burn calories even when you rest.

If you are trying to lower your body fat percentage there are literally hundreds of ideas out there. In my opinion, the best way, which has been proven time and time again, is a two part method: Eat right and exercise. First, exercise is a no-brainer. You have to burn more calories than you take in for exercise to be considered exercise. How you do it is worth another answer all to itself. So, that brings us to the Eating Right part. If you understand how your body works, you've got a head start on the world. Food is fuel for the body. Once you've accepted that concept as more important than the idea that food is entertainment, then the rest will be relatively easy. If you are American, and I assume you are, the Nutrition Facts label that you find on all foods bought in the U.S. are the next thing you need to understand. Go grab something from your kitchen (i.e. jar of peanut butter or a bag of chips...anything with a nutrition label). OK, yeah you need vitamins and minerals and all that. But focus on these three items: FAT, PROTEIN, and CARBOHYDRATES.
Let's take these one at a time:

FAT is basically divided into good fats and bad fats. The body needs good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturateds). You'll find these in stuff like olives and avocados where the bad fat is minimal if not nonexistent. The bad fats are your saturated and trans fats that you'll find in meats and oils. If you are trying to lose weight, keep these to an absolute minimum. My suggestion (based on a 1500-2000 calorie diet) is to limit yourself to no more than 15g of saturated fat per day. This is hard to do if you're used to eating fast food. It's also hard to do if you drink whole milk, eat cheese (even the 2% variety), and eat fried foods. All of these are high in bad fats. The good news is that you can substitute your diet to eat the very things you like to eat but with better ingredients. If you eat cheese, buy fat free. If you drink milk, buy skim. Slowly take yourself down from whole milk or 2% to 1% before going skim/fat free if the transition is too radical to do all at once. If you eat a lot of ground beef, use the extra lean variety (96% fat free/4% fat), or substitute lean ground turkey instead. Do whatever you have to do to get the bad fat grams down to less than 15 per day.

PROTEIN: The building block of nutrition (aside from your vitamins and minerals) is protein. You need it strengthen your muscles and it will be essential with your exercise routine. Without protein, you can't build muscle tone or lean body mass. And guess what? Just having lean body mass (muscles) allows your body to burn more calories even when you are sleeping. Therefore, you are able to lose weight (bad weight, that is) just by sleeping. But, you have to exercise!! Don't forget that. You can find foods that are high in protein but also high in saturated fat, so be careful. Stick to poultry (chicken, turkey), fish (tuna is a great source), and beans. Don't fry your meats because if you do, you just added a bunch of bad fat to your otherwise healthy protein filled meal. Instead, grill, broil, or bake. You can do this! Don't forget to exercise to exponentially reap the rewards of consuming protein.

CARBS. In my opinion, the no-carb diet is crap, because you need carbs for energy, especially because you are exercising! That's right, you can't forget you are supposed to be exercising. The trick is choosing the good carbs. You'll see on your nutrition label Total Carbohydrates and Sugars. Sugars should be kept to a minimum and should be avoided within hours of going to sleep. The calories associated with them get stored (for energy) but are not easily burned when it comes time to burn them. Therefore, it's harder to lose the weight associated with them. That's why it's not good to eat lots of candy, cookies, and ice cream that have a lot of sugar. The other kinds of carbs (complex carbohydrates) are essential. You can get these from grains and potatoes. Good stuff!!

Now that you have a brief understanding of these three nutrition components, time to get to it. Not as easy as it sounds? That's because, you're human. If you treat your body right (and I mean very right, by limiting your saturated and trans fats, limiting your sugar carbs, and eating plenty of protein), then you deserve a day when you can eat whatever you want. The body has cravings and you should be able to fulfill these cravings IF you can stand to wait until the end of the week. I call this one day of decadence your cheat day. After 12 weeks of exercising and eating right in this manner, you'll get to the point where you don't even crave the bad stuff anymore.

For more on this method, I encourage you to check out www.bodyforlife.com. The principals I wrote about are spelled out in greater detail there. Consult your doctor before drastically changing any diet or exercise routine. Good luck!


Kat L 17.09.2006. 19:27

What type of cat food is best for my cats? I have seven kitties all fixed. Currently I feed them Friskies Deli formula. Its the only thing they want to eat. I have tried Iams, Science Diet , and Eukenuba but they would rather starve then eat it.

Any suggestions on how I can get them off this filler filled food and on to something healthier that they will eat.
Well they are they all lost between 2-4 pounds when I tried weening them onto another food. They just let it sit and wont touch it or they will pick out the old food and leave the new. I have strange kitties. I am looking into seeing if I can get some samples of the Felidae food. No one sells it in my area.

Any good websites that will ship?

Kat L

Admin 17.09.2006. 19:27

Hi there...cats can be changed to a new brand of food, however it must be done slowly and carefully, which I'll include the steps to help you do this below. This method is best as cats are prone to hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease-- http://maxshouse.com/Feline_Hepatic_Lipidosis.htm if they are starved.

Many cat foods contain high levels of carbohydrates such as corn, corn meal and soy. A cat can never feel satisfied because of the carbs so they keep eating more. Cats are obligate carnivores so a diet higher in animal proteins is more beneficial to keep them lean and healthy. Corn, corn meal and soy have no nutritional value as they are used as fillers to help bind the kibble together so they don't crumble in the packaging and corn is also used to fatten slaughter quicker as well.

Each of the cats should eat a serving of 1/2 cup - 3/4 in total divided twice a day (e.g. morning and evening before bedtime--12 hours apart). If your kitty is eating more than this gradually cut back the amount by 1/16 one week at a time until you get to the ideal serving. Sometimes it's better to feed the cat multiple times throughout the day so they do not feel too depraved waiting the full 12 hours....perhaps like every 4 hours if your schedule permits.

Additionally, changing food brands/type suddenly with any cat will cause stomach distress as well as diarrhea in cats. You will need to gradually change their food to the new brand over a course of several weeks. How you do this is to take 3/4 of the old food and mix it together with 1/4 of the new food for one week. Then 1/2 of the new with 1/2 of the old for another week. Finally, 3/4 of the new food mixed with 1/4 of the old for a week before finally 100% of the new food. Please keep in mind that some cats absolutely just don't like some brands of foods either so you may need to consider another brand and then again gradually mix the old kind with the new one to help her adjust. It just cannot be done any other way without making the cat very sick.

Furthermore, cat's should eat more of a premium food to keep their coat healthy and to help minimize hairballs as well. Most cat food available on the market is sub-standard even though they spend a considerable amount of money on advertising. Royal Canin is one of the better affordable brands available in a pet store that doesn't contain the ingredients, corn, corn meal or soy all which are bad for a cats diet. These are in almost every commercial cat food products (Iams, Science Diet, Puria Friskies, etc) if you read the ingredient label. Here's a direct link for Royal Canin: http://www.royalcanin.us/catfood

There are higher premium quality foods generally found at smaller specialty pet stores, which also contains essential quality nutrients and no byproducts such as:
Innova EVO: http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B%40id%3D%271255%27%5D
California Natural: http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B%40id%3D%2772%27%5D
Nature's Variety Prairie: http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?page=1352
Wellness: http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/cats/wellness_overview.html
Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/formulasnew.php?PL=4&S=Cats&FT=Dry%20Food

...and many more if you'd like to consider trying. Cats who eat the premium foods tend to not feel as hungry and their coats and overall health is also quite visibly noticeable.

Long-term medical care will cost more when a cat eats sub-standard food. Just like humans if we eat junk food all the time eventually we will have health problems which will require expensive medical care too.


strawberryice_lb 12.10.2006. 16:09

Is it bad to only feed your cat dry cat food? I only feed my cats dry cat-food. I hate the smell and look of canned food. Is this bad? They do have water to drink as often as they want.

I figured dry cat-food is good for keeping their teeth healthy.


Admin 12.10.2006. 16:09

If you are hoping dry food will help with tartar on their teeth, unfortunately that is a myth. Their teeth should be brushed with kitty tooth paste and checked in their yearly check up with their vet.
Dry food can be just as good as wet food, if you buy the best quality available. Price is not the best key for searching for that. Just like with your own family, look at the nutrition content and guaranteed analysis. Not all brands are equal. You want to look at the food label though to make sure it is healthy.
Cats are carnivores, not like dogs, they have to have a meal high in easy to digest protiens to be healthy,happy, and long living (cats and dogs are easily capable of living to 20+).
First you need to know what should never be in any cat foods. That means no :-

-Corn, Soy,Wheat, gluten(cerial grains are highly indigestable protiens, low in nutrition value, but help companys meet protien level guidlines; They also are associated with loose stool,extreme stress on kidneys, gas, kitty inactivity, obiecity, diabetes, and even allergies so bad some cats have to go on steroids)

- Meat By-products
- indigestable protiens such as chicken beaks,intestines, feathers, heads, feet, bones, hides, diseased and contaminated meat and hair...ugh would you put that in your mouth?!?!

- Animal Digest
- that is exactly what it sounds like...stuff that was going to be excreted by the dead animals

- Meat and bone meal
-sounds healthy, but leagaly includes diseased pets and animals that could have been uthanized or died of diseases etc.

- Deadly chemical preservatives such as:-
-BHA and BHT-known to cause kidney and liver disfunction, and are know carcinogins
-Ethoxyquin is a known RUBBER STABILISER!!!
These are being used to keep food from spoiling for 2+ years so companys can keep profits up, after being stored in un-regulated tempratures in warehouses and un-atended semi's for 18+months before your even get them on store shelves)

Artifical flavor and color
-Causes animals to get addicted to foods with low nutritional values(Like eating Mc. Donalds and etc. everyday), and colors just add extra toxins to there fragile system.

Healthypetnet.com sais that what you do want to look for is:-

- Premium All Natural Chicken, Liver, and Turkey Meals, Catfish Meal, and Eggs provide high quality easily digested animal protein sources to support strong muscles, healthy organs, and overall health.

- Chicken Fat, Catfish Meal, Eggs, Flaxseed Meal, and Fish Oil provides a natural balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and shiny coat.

- Whole Brown Rice provides an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates for short-term energy and dietary fiber that is gentle on the stomach.

- Green Foods Phytonutrients satisfy your cat's natural craving for plants; such as, wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts, which fulfill certain nutritional and digestive needs.

- Beet Fiber, Brewers Yeast, and Natural Bacteria Cultures help the digestive system work at peak efficiency, allowing your cat to get even more nutrition from our wholesome food.

- Enhanced with Natural DHA and ARA to support good vision, a strong heart and healthy central nervous system.

- Free from Artificial Colors, Flavors and Preservatives. Contains a blend of natural antioxidants helping to maintain a healthy immune system as well as keeping food stay fresh for longer.

It also says,"FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS - Ingredients in pet food products are listed on the product label in descending order of weight. This can be deceptive because some manufacturers practice "ingredient splitting? in order to give some ingredients more prominence than others. For example, chicken meal can appear as the first ingredient in a food even when there are actually more grains in the product, which can total a higher percentage of protein than the chicken meal. We believe the primary source of protein in all pet foods should come from meat or animal, not vegetable protein or grains. Foods that list 2 or more grains in the first 5 ingredients may have more vegetable protein than animal protein."

I hope this is informative to all pet owners of dogs and cats. I am not a sales person or anything, but i did my research for months before i chose my two shelter kittens. I am glad i did. I have had multiple cats for over 20 years, and this website has the most nutritionaly sound pet food. It is formulated by a top Vetrinarian, and has the most informative info about pet food out there.
As you can tell, I spoil my kitties to death, and only want the best for them. But i find this pet food is the most cost effective also, think of the decrease of the ammount of food needed since it is so much more nutritious; used throughout all life stages; gives animals the most balanced, quality diet; reduces vet bills later in life;and helps them much happier, longer lives...Oh and their excriment is firmer, and much more compact since the food is much more digestable(meaning alot less to scoop up, clumps faster, and ultimeatly saves you alot of kitty litter...I pearsonally use Feline Pine and only have to toss it out every 3 weeks+1 litter box+2 kittens(3mo,6mo)+4 litter scoops a week= A Very Happy Woman!!!). I know everyone loves their pets, so please, i beg of you, check out lifes Abundance pet food. I know i sound like an add or something...lol...but its just that I love animals beyond words and want the best for them. I hope this helps as many people as I possibly can.


Petercheney 21.05.2008. 01:38

What foods should I buy for a summer workout program on a budget? I am an 18 yr old male 5'11'' 160 that wants to gain a lot of weight in muscle over the summer. I have a workout schedule but find it difficult to eat enough good food because of my budget. I feel that I would see much better results if i had some solutions on what to buy so that i could gain more mass. Variety is not a main concern, just value and effectiveness.


Admin 21.05.2008. 01:38

Body builders and professional athletes eat huge amounts of food to achieve what they do.

Firstly, carbs are actually very cheap, and if you do a lot of cardio with your programme you need more carbs. Rice, cheap bread and so on will fill you up. Seriously, when you exercise you get very hungry, and usually for carbs.

In addition you need to eat lots of protiens. Meat is expensive, but make sure that you look for other sources of protien (beans, tofu, milk, eggs etc),

But to maintain health make sure you are eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain your overall health.


Madeen 08.05.2013. 15:24

best puppy food for pomeranian in the philippines? Soo... I'm buying a 3-month old Pomeranian from a breeder next week. A white one, if it matters.

I'm stuck between Royal Canin, Eukanuba, Orijen, Holistic Recipe, Acana, and Pedigree. I want to know which is the best value of the three, or if you have any other suggestion of other brands or types of dog food, please let me know.

I don't really believe in more expensive = better quality, but if that's the case, then so be it.


Admin 08.05.2013. 15:24

Ignore the idiot first poster. Yes better brands are more expensive, but worth it. Premium brands aren't lies, all You need to do is look at the damn ingredients. If it is meat based, and free of controversial, unhealthy ingredients, no shit it's going to be more expensive. A dog needs a meat based kibble, one with no grains, corns or byproducts. The cheaper brands are filled with all three. Grains cause allergies, corn is hard to digest and byproducts are anything unfit for human consumption... Some shit brands like wagg, beneful and perhaps even pedigree can even contain euthanized pets and cancer causing ingredients. Disgusting.

Pedigree, royal canin and eukanauba don't even come close to the other brands you listed. Out of all of them orijen is the best, and is the best dry food on the entire market, but you don't HAVE to feed it if you can't afford it.

My dogs prefer orijen and ziwipeak... Both taste better according to them than any other healthy brands. I mix a bit of ziwipeak wet and orijen dry... To give the food more flavor and moisture, but as said before, there are other good brands.

So, if that brand doesn't work for your dogs (or you), you can try ziwipeak as said before, or other good brands like instinct, Evo, avoderm, Merricks, wellness core, Evangers, or blue wilderness. There's a few others... But generally anything grain, byproduct and corn free should be fine.

My dogs also get a raw meaty bone twice a week for dental hygiene. Usually a beef rib or knuckle, or lamb legs.

Ill also add a raw egg twice a week, shell and all, in their kibble as eggs are packed full of nutrients for a shiny coat and are just great for overall health.

You can add both the bones and eggs if you'd like.. I definitely recommend it. Though perhaps when the dog gets in its adult teeth.


scorpus23 22.04.2011. 02:00

Why do people think fast food is worse than regular restraunt stuff? Like ill get two meals- one from a healthy restraunt or regular one and one from burger king or some other fast food place and the one from BURGER KING tastes as good as the one from the expensive fancy smancy restraunt.

Why do people say fast food is bad for you? is it all that media BS theyve been being fed, what do they listen to everything on the tv? What makes fast food any worse than the stuff from other restraunts.


Admin 22.04.2011. 02:00

Taste is sadly not the best indicator of healthy food. Humans have evolved to prefer eating high salt and high fat meals which, for today's lifestyles, are very unhealthy. Its better to consider how the two types of restaurants are run to get a glimpse of why fast food tends to be more unhealthy.

For fast food restaurants to be efficient, food preservation, cheap ingredients and fast cooking methods are key. They have much higher volume that most fancier dine in restaurants, and thus need to keep a large stock of food on hand that can be preserved for a longer period of time and cooked quickly to meet customer demand. And since the prices are low, lower quality ingredients must be used.

Looking at these requirements, food preservation usually involves lots of additives and high amounts of salt. In terms of cheap ingredients, you tend to lose health benefits as the price goes down. For example, cheaper cuts of meat are higher in fat and lower in protein and nutrients. And consider how these foods are cooked: baking and broiling all tend to take time if using high quality ingredients. However, frying is a much faster way to cook food, and thus is adopted by many fast food restaurants. The result is food that already starts off having lots of chemicals, additives, salt, and fat being cooked in oil or lard, soaking up even more fat. Add high calorie condiments and you have a recipe for disaster.

Dine-in restaurants have different priorities. They have higher priced items and generally lower volume, and so they can afford to use fresh, higher quality ingredients which have more nutrients and less preservatives and fat. Additionally, customers going to these restaurants expect to wait for their meals to be prepared, and thus a variety of cooking methods can be employed in addition to just frying. Overall this leads to meals with lower fat and higher nutritional value. Now don't assume that fancy restaurant meals are automatically better for you. A salad at McDonald's is more likely to be healthy than a pot pie or fried chicken dish at any restaurant. And the amount matters as well. Having a full three course meal with a decadent dessert at the end isn't helping anyone on the health issues. But overall, the menus at dine-in restaurants do tend to be healthier on average.


Phoenix 18.10.2010. 17:57

I'm working in a homeless shelter. How can I best provide value to the residents? Within reason, I am able to develop and provide services/education to the homeless residents. Besides the roof over their heads and the food we provide, how might we better be able to improve their lives in the long run? e.g. budgeting classes, obtaining state ID card...

(Let's also bypass the common stereotype that these homeless individuals are lazy, drunk, and abusing the system)


Admin 18.10.2010. 17:57

Well, you can't go wrong with doing whatever is necessary to further or complete their education. Are you able to assist them in taking night courses to complete/fulfill their high school requirements? There is probably some federal or state assistance available for that.

How about medical help? Offering a complete physical would be an enormous help on many levels. Homeless people go years with no medical intervention whatsoever - simple things can morph into life-threatening issues.

How about computer tutelage? Helping people to become computer literate - and staying abreast of the most recent software - is absolutely essential in obtaining worthwhile employment nowadays... and I think it might be a safe bet to assume many of the homeless have fallen behind in this area.

I also think nutrition and dietary education would be extremely important. Statistically, in this country, people in the lower-income echelon are the ones who buy the poorest nutritional value food... just to "fill up" and make their food dollar stretch out. When, in fact - pasta and rice and biscuits simply are not good food (when that's the bulk of the diet).

Teaching people about the value of whole grains, vegetables, and fruit, and quality protein (fish, lean meats, legumes, nuts, eggs, etc.) is one of the single-most important things you can do for their overall life situation. Poor diet contributes to lethargy, depression, poor performance, bad health.


Sarah 17.08.2010. 17:30

What foods are high in protein besides meat? I'm going vegetarian and I want to make sure that I get enough protein because I play soccer and really need it to stay energized. So what foods are REALLY high in protein?


Admin 17.08.2010. 17:30

There's protein in about everything. Proteins are compounds composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen , and nitrogen , which are arranged as strands of amino acids .

But where animal products have complete proteins, veggies contain only incomplete proteins. So you need to eat a variety of veggies to get all the amino acids that make up protein that your body needs.

Quote: --"The quality of protein depends on the level at which it provides the nutritional amounts of essential amino acids needed for overall body health, maintenance, and growth. Animal proteins, such as eggs, cheese, milk, meat, and fish, are considered high-quality, or complete, proteins because they provide sufficient amounts of the essential amino acids. Plant proteins, such as grain, corn, nuts, vegetables and fruits, are lower-quality, or incomplete, proteins because many plant proteins lack one or more of the essential amino acids, or because they lack a proper balance of amino acids. Incomplete proteins can, however, be combined to provide all the essential amino acids, though combinations of incomplete proteins must be consumed at the same time, or within a short period of time (within four hours), to obtain the maximum nutritive value from the amino acids. Such combination diets generally yield a high-quality protein meal, providing sufficient amounts and proper balance of the essential amino acids needed by the body to function."--


Aaron 26.07.2010. 00:06

Whats the best food brand for a dogue de bordeaux? Ive just bought two dogue de bordeaux puppies, and Im currently feeding them with royal canin, but Ive read this isnt the best choice. I want them to grow nice and muscular, so I want to know which is the best food brand.


Admin 26.07.2010. 00:06

Diamond, dog foods is excellent!
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Diamond pet foods feature the highest quality ingredients formulated to enhance health, happiness, appearance and overall performance of your dog ? at an affordable price.


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