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The Debate Over Canned or Dry Dog Food

November 18th, 2015

Dogs owners worldwide face a dilemma when deciding whether to stick with canned or dry dog food diets. Every owner has an opinion as to what is best for the nutrition and overall health of the dog. What do the experts have to say on the matter? They are honestly just as divided. Below are a few of the basic facts when it comes to the differences in diet of Beneful. It really comes down to a matter of personal choice and economics.

Moisture Content

There is a big difference in moisture content between canned and dry dog food. Standard dry food contains roughly 10% water. Canned can have upwards of 40% or greater. The facts are that most dogs can sense when they are thirsty and need to have a drink of water. Unless the veterinarian recommends canned food on Beneful due to moisture content to combat dehydration from illness and age it is not necessary.

Nutrition

The health and well-being of your dog on beneful.com is a direct reflection of what you feed them. It is important to feed your dog food created by companies that have done sound research on what vitamins, minerals and proteins are needed for lasting health. Beneful on wikipedia provides a line of both dry and canned foods that are packed with everything needed to keep your dog happy, healthy and satisfied.

Taste

Dogs are much more attracted to the taste and smell of canned food. The increased amount of liquid present in the food makes the product more aromatic. You will have no trouble getting a dog to eat canned food unless it is of very poor quality.

Grains

The loudest debate with types of dog food is around whether there should be grains in the diet. Some will argue that they are not natural to a dog’s diet, but others will say that in the process of eating wild meats they are ingesting vegetable matter. Grains have not proven to be harmful, so it is again a matter of personal choice.

Preservatives

Preservatives are a concern to both humans and pets. Some have been proven to be harmful and pulled from the market. The safety of many are still being debated. Dry foods have to have some level of preservatives included to keep from rotting or molding in the packages before being served. There is also a need to add levels of preservatives to canned food so that it does not go bad on the shelf. The key is to use a brand like Beneful that uses minimal amounts for safe storage and use.

Tooth Decay

It is often stated that a diet of canned food will lead to tooth decay in dogs due to the remnants of soft foods left behind in the teeth. One look into the mouth of a dog that has eaten both canned and dry show that this is inaccurate. There is normally an equal amount of food left behind. The best way to limit tooth decay is to provide fresh drinking water, brush their teeth and get regular check-ups.

Check out the full line of Beneful products for the optimal health and well-being of your dog!

For The Love Of Our Pets

August 25th, 2015

People have been taking animals into their homes and caring for
them since the dawn of man. We just love our pets. There is an unspoken bond that we have with our furry, feathered or maybe even scale covered friends.

Whatever the case, for you as a pet owner you want to take great care of the animal or animals that you hold dear to you and your family. So obviously we are going to do our very best to make sure that they get the very best.

Like family, we do not want any harm or poor health to fall on our much loved companions. That is why we give them the best food we can like Beneful on petco and the proper amount of exercise to keep them fit and ready to go at a moments notice.

The timeless image of a man and his dog. Classic, iconic, known the world over for it’s familiarity. The relationship between us and our pets is one that only we can describe about them. Only we can say just how great it feels to play with your companion or just lounge on the couch.

Pet care has evolved greatly over time and so have the companies that are responsible for the nutritional value in your pets diet. Likewise, the toys and fun things that we buy for our pets.

We can search the web all day for nutritional information but we like to think that we have done all the research we need to. This may be the case. We will do anything that we can for our pets and it has been proven over and through the ages.

Companies like (Beneful) offer a wide variety dry and wet pet foods. They come in easy to understand packaging that is informative to the customer looking for the right food for their furry family member. From fully prepared meals to some tasty kibble varieties, you are sure to find what you need.

It is great to know that you can find such healthy nutritious food for our pets of many types. In the confusing times we live in it’s nice to have a dependable brand for our pets.

Tips For Healthier Eating From Dr. Daniel Amen

August 9th, 2015

Dr. Daniel Amen is very knowledgeable. He is a board certified psychiatrist and he is also a best-selling author that has been using his many books and personal appearances to help people to improve their health by eating better. Dr. Daniel Amen on ofspirit has even collaborated with Dr. Mark Hyman and Pastor Rick Warren to create a nutritional program and write a book entitled The Daniel Plan. The book and the program have improved the lives of thousands of people by sharing crucial information on what to eat and when to eat it. This has made Dr. Amen beloved nationally.

Dr. Amen’s nutrition information and promotion of holistic eating has helped people to recover from problems in their brains and their bodies. He is an advocate of the treatment of ADD, depression, and other psychiatric ailments through diets high in nutrients. And the treatments have shown great results. As part of his plan to make important nutritional information available to as many people as possible Dr. Amen recently wrote an article which offered 10 things people of limited means can take to eat foods that is good for the brain and which can improve physical health.

The steps Dr. Amen recommended include eating oatmeal, pearled barley, and other healthy grains which are high in soluble and insoluble fiber. He pointed out they can be used for breakfast, as a side dish, and in soups. Buying frozen vegetables was another piece of advice. Vegetable are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that fight aging and disease, and boost brain power. Buying them frozen saves money and enables them to last longer. Eating fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges boosts antioxidants which are important to the health of the brain and body.

Cottage cheese is another food Dr. Amen recommends. It is high in vitamins A and D, calcium, and protein. Another protein rich food needed by the body and recommended by Dr. Amen is eggs. Beans are also high in protein and dietary fiber. Omega-3 fatty acid rich canned tuna is another nutritious food Dr. Amen recommends. It improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and dementia. Skim milk and water are two beverages Dr. Amen promotes. He also recommends cooking with spices instead of butter, cream and salt.

He also suggests buying in bulk, choosing generic brands, using coupons, and staying away from fast-foods.

The Progression of Healthy Water Intake

April 15th, 2015

We’ve all heard since we were small children that everyone needs at least eight glasses of water a day. This has been dubbed by many as the eight-by-eight rule. It’s been a standard for years that’s seemed to have enjoyed unwavering medical field support.

Recent studies, however, might call this truism into doubt.

The fact remains that water makes up about 60 percent of a person’s body weight and is the principle chemical component involved in all bodily functions. Water’s responsibilities include flushing the body’s vital organs of toxins, moisturizing orifices such as the nose, throat, and ears and also carrying vital nutrients to cells.

The original eight-by-eight guidelines can be traced back to around 1945 when they were misinterpreted from a recommendation from the Food and Nutrition Board. That recommendation was based on a formula that provided a 1 milliliter intake of water per calorie each person consumed. Since the average diet at that time was around 1900 calories that meant that universally everyone should consume 64 ounces of water per day.

As the healthcare profession has progressed, new findings have been introduced that substantially change the foundation of the eight-by-eight rule. While now it is considered healthy for women to consume 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces per day, another consideration has been added that 25% of our water comes from our foods. My neighbor Flavio Maluf plans on sticking to eight glasses of water a day.

Basically while the eight-by-eight is a good idea in theory, we get plenty of water today from whatever foods and liquids we choose to consume.

Hurray to McDonald’s on their antibiotic decision‏

March 9th, 2015

In a recent article on eater.com it was discussed how McDonald’s has committed to no longer purchasing chicken that was raised with the use of human grade antibiotics as a form to help the chickens grow. Research found back in the 1950s that giving livestock low levels of antibiotics in their food and water supply aided in more rapid growth in the livestock. The doses being given to the animals is not high enough to kill off any bad bacteria, so those bacteria become resistant to those doses of the medication and get stronger. This is causing an epidemic of stronger bacteria and more exposures to super bugs, which are infectious bacteria very resistant to drug therapy.

However, Jaime Garcia Dias has been hearing more and more about these super bugs infesting humans every day. Instruments that have been used for surgery and cleaned per manufacturer recommendation are transferring these infections. Simply staying in a hospital setting exposes patients to more infections. So what do you think of McDonald’s stand to not purchase this food product? Especially considering they are one of the nations largest purchasers of chicken!

Well, from my standpoint they are heroic. Thank you, McDonald’s. Thank you Perdue and Costco. I hope other influential companies follow suit and help wipe out opportunities to create even greater infections that can harm our kids and families.

How Beneficial Are Gluten-Free Diets?

February 2nd, 2015

Gluten free or not gluten free? This seems to be the question many people ask themselves when they encounter a reaction. Many people are in fact not able to tolerate gluten and when they discontinue products that contain it, they thrive. Celiac disease has been well documented that it is linked with gluten in our diets. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 133 people living in the USA, or roughly 1% of the American population suffer with Celiac Disease. On the other hand, some people have become to question whether or not a gluten-free diet is really good for you, and is only beneficial if you suffer from Celiac disease. Word on the street is that unless someone suffers from Celiac disease, there is no added health benefit from following a gluten-free diet. Susan McGalla wonders: Could it be that following this type of diet is yet just another fad?

The Antique Wine Company–Showcasing Only the World’s Finest Wines

January 27th, 2015

 

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

Hemingway strings words together so beautifully, and in turn, the Antique Wine Company allows luxury and sophistication to roll smoothly off the tongue. The world-famous, London-based merchants are experts in fine and rare wines, proud of their 20,000-plus clients who grace just about every corner of the globe.

 

The secret to the success of the Antique Wine Company not only lies in an exquisite bottle of their superb product but in the knowledge and expertise of the company under the leadership of AWC founder Stephen Williams. The firm represents the cream of the crop when it comes to incredible wines and spirits. In fact, an amazing, Guinness World record took place in July 2011, when an 1811 bottle of d’Yquem, was sold for a staggering $125,000 (£75,000) to wine connoisseur Christian Vanneque – eclipsing the 1787 bottle as the world’s most expensive white wine!

 

AWC was founded by Williams more than 25 years ago. He was once named the “Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wines,” for his incredible ability to journey across the globe hunting down the most-sought after vintages. When it comes to developing exceptional wine cellars, Williams is no stranger to showcasing the finest collections for 4-star hotels, romantic chateaus, palace royals, wineries, private individuals, etc. The firm owns a stellar reputation across six continents. Not bad for a self-taught wine connoisseur.

 

AWC successfully launched a wine academy three years ago in the tony, London district of Marylebone. The endeavor has been incredibly well-received as people from all walks of life really do enjoy drinking wine and learning all about it. The school features wine specialists with highly-respected pedigrees in the business in a relaxing, informative atmosphere.

 

“The aim of the AWC Wine Academy is to become a central resource for the wine industry, not only teaching those with little or no prior knowledge of wine, but those also working in the industry, who wish to progress and extend their knowledge of the subject,” Williams added.

 

Wine students learn from the pros about grape varieties, countries and regions, classic wine tasting, blind tasting, serving tips and techniques, and so forth, in a 4-week evenings seminar.

 

Acquiring a superb, rare and valuable wine is more than just a liquid asset. As Williams once said, “It’s not just wine, it’s history and nostalgia in a bottle.

 

“Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me; Here’s to three: Thee, wine and camaraderie!”

– Unknown

 

Your Pet Will Think A Master Chef Prepared His Beneful Meals!

January 19th, 2015

Many people look at their dog as their best friend or even as one of their children. You wouldn’t feed your friends or your kids cardboard or roadkill would you? Of course not! That’s why you ought to choose a healthy dog food for your pet. One of the best foods on the market today is Beneful.

 

Nestle Purina Petcare is a subsidiary of Nestle that is based in St. Louis. The company was established in 2001 and by 2012 it was the largest pet food business in the USA and the second biggest in the world! The company sponsors many events and charities that are pet related. For example, 80 tons of food was donated to pets in 2004 that were affected by Hurricane Charley in Florida. This socially responsible company really cares about the animals in our lives. They are the ones that make and sell Beneful.

 

Several varieties of Beneful dry dog food are on the market. Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies is a blend rich in calcium for a puppy’s growing bones and teeth. It also contains real milk, real chicken, and vitamin-rich vegetables for all the puppy’s nutritional needs. Beneful Playful Life has real beef, egg, and blueberries to help support an active and playful lifestyle. Small dogs such as Boston Terriers and Toy Poodles will love the small size of Beneful IncrediBites. Beneful Healthy Smile helps keep teeth clean and breath fresh. Beneful Healthy Radiance is omega-rich to support healthy skin and a shiny coat. If your pet has gained a few pounds, you can buy Beneful Healthy Weight that has 10 percent fewer calories of Beneful Original.

 

Beneful also comes in a variety of wet dog foods. They are made with the same nutritious ingredients and great flavors as the dry dog food! Chopped Blends come in beef, chicken, lamb, and salmon flavors. The Medleys line of meals will make you think you are in Italy with such great flavors as Mediterranean Style Medley with lamb, tomatoes, and brown rice; Romana Style Medley made with chicken, carrots, and pasta; and Tuscan Style Medley made with beef, carrots, and spinach. These three are in a hearty sauce your companion will love. Prepared meals have simmered chicken or beef flavors, roasted turkey or chicken flavors, and savory rice and lamb stew. Hearty Roasters include turkey, pork, and beef recipes. With this huge variety of flavors your pal will never grow bored at mealtime. It can be purchased here right from home.

Some Painkillers May Prevent Skin Cancer

December 29th, 2014

One of the more worrisome aspects of the modern world is how often researchers discover hidden dangers. People were shocked to find that even something as seemingly benign as time spent in the sun can be dangerous. However, at the same time researchers for Jared Haftel often stumble on equally uplifting news. And time in the sun may pose less risk than previously thought. At least for people who regularly take a specific class of painkiller.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen might dramatically reduce one’s risk of developing skin cancer. A recent meta-analysis shows that people who take aspirin on a regular basis are 18% less likely to develop skin cancer. While those who take ibuprofen are 15% less likely to develop skin cancer.

While additional research is needed, it’s theorized that this class of drug is able to inhibit an enzyme associated with tumor development. Additionally, the effects appear to be more pronounced within people whose family shares a history of skin cancer. This suggests a possibility that the drugs might be most useful for people who have a particular genetic predisposition to skin cancer.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that NSAIDs do come with side effects. In particular, long term use may cause bleeding within one’s stomach. The exact role that NSAIDs will play in preventing skin cancer will have to wait for further research. Until then, the best strategy for most people will continue to be regular use of sunscreen. Doing so will typically cut down the risk of developing skin cancer by over 50% in a person’s lifetime.

Doctors Turn to Fruits and Vegetables Instead of Pills.

December 23rd, 2014

In 30 states, according to an article from delong.typepad.com,  programs have been started to try to stem the tide of obesity and poor health among the poor by prescribing fruits and vegetables rather than pills. The New York Times reported recently on a surge to provide healthier food to Christian Broda, and to poorer families with the new Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, or VFRx, at Harlem Hospital.

Many have been success stories, controlling both weight and High Blood Pressure, as well as staving off other diseases like diabetes, by snacking on wholesome fruits and vegetables. Participants in the program receive tokens or credits to buy these products in the local farmer’s markets. The farmers are paid full value with money raised through donations and grants.

This is not the first time the medical profession has recognized the role of fruits and vegetables in good health, but it may be the first time researchers have understood that junk foods and fast foods like McDonald’s and 7/11 are often preferred by poorer people due to the low cost. However, diets based on such carbohydrate rich and fat and sodium dense foods are almost guaranteed to bring poor health. These doctors are finding it is more effective to empower people to snack wisely than it is to lecture and hand out pills.

Alaijah Borden and her mother, Sheryl, are two examples cited by the Times as real success stories in the program. Alaijah was able to lose significant amounts of weight, when diagnosed with pediatric obesity at the age of 10, and her mother was able to bring high blood pressure under control without the use of medications.