We’re told in some pet food commercials to choose products only with familiar names you can pronounce.
I am not suggesting that so-called natural ingredients are not a good idea. Nor am I endorsing chemical additives. However, I am saying these commercials are misleading, and pronounceable and familiar names are simply not an accurate barometer of what you want in pet foods, or for that matter your own food.
For example, would you be concerned about these names listed on pet food packaging? According to the TV commercial, you should be concerned.
- Hydrohydroxic acid
- Hydroxic acid
- Pantothenic acid
- Gallic acid
- Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
These six ingredients sound like a chemist hid inside a laboratory to concoct them. In fact, these ingredients were created in Mother Nature’s lab. Here’s an explanation for each.
*Hydrohydroxic acid – water
*Hydroxic acid – another name for water
*Pantothenic acid – vitamin B5 . Many animals (including us humans) require pantothenic acid to synthesize coenzyme-A(CoA), as well as to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats, Foods naturally rich in pantothenic acid include (but aren’t limited to) avocado, salmon, sunflower seeds and broccoli.
*Gallic acid – check this explanation out: Gallic acid is a trihydroxybenzoic acid, a type of phenolic acid, found in gallnuts, sumac, witch hazel, tea leaves, oak bark, and other plants and some fruits such as blueberries. It is considered a powerful antioxidant. The chemical formula of gallic acid is C₆H₂(OH)₃COOH if you are curious.
* Phylloquinone: This is Vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin, activates the protein that clots the blood. It is also needed for the synthesis of bone proteins. A vitamin K deficiency can lead to heart disease, weakened bones, tooth decay and cancer. Many dark leafy vegetables contain Vitamin K, including kale, brussels spouts and broccoli, as do prunes. Researchers are now investigating the use of phylloquinone to support cancer fighting.
*Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs): Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are the top sources of MCTs; cheeses, milk and yogurt are other natural sources of MCT’s which may improve digestion, improve metabolic rate (assisting in weight loss) and also advances and improve long-term and short-term brain heath.
So, what’s in a name? Pronounceability – despite what commercials or advertisements from marketing folks suggest – has nothing whatsoever to do with the value of what’s in a food. And for better or worse, there’s no explanation on packaging as to what the long difficult to say or just odd sounding ingredient happens to be. I suppose that’s what Google is for if you’re really concerned.
One more thing I am curious about – and in a sense grateful for. Ever check out what is in a can of soda or even canned soup? Not sure how we accept additives for ourselves and not our pets? Or maybe some of these additives truly have no deleterious affect, as both humans and our companion animals are overall living longer.
Again, am not suggesting you should not careful and judicious about considering whatever you feel is important when purchasing pet food. I am saying recognizing names of ingredients and being able to pronounce them means nothing related to their health value.