Foods That Cause Acne

The embarrassing condition of acne has been blamed on a wide variety of causes throughout the ages. Many people unjustly blame individuals with acne-prone skin of being dirty or failing to wash their faces properly. This is obviously far from the truth as acne can strike anyone, regardless of their personal hygiene habits. Others believe that eating large amounts of chocolate will ensure an acne breakout. This is also not the case, but research has linked acne to choices a person's diet. We are going to discuss some types of foods that cause acne.

Foods that are highly acidic tend to cause acne as they create an imbalance in your body's pH levels. The foods you should avoid include the following:

  • Vegetables: lentils, squash, corn
  • Fruits : currants, plums, prunes, cranberries and blueberries
  • Grains : barley, cornstarch, oatmeal, wheat bran, amaranth, rice, rye, wheat germ, noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, bread, soda crackers, white flour, rolled oats and wheat flour
  • Beans & Legumes : chick peas, green peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, red beans, soy beans, black beans and white beans
  • Dairy Products: butter, ice cream, processed cheese, butter and ice milk
  • Nuts & Butters : peanuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews and peanut butter
  • Animal Proteins: bacon, beef, pork, salmon, lamb, fish, clams, cod, mussels, sausage, scallops, turkey, venison, shrimp and lobster
  • Fats & Oils: canola oil, lard, olive oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, hemp seed oil and safflower oil
  • Sweeteners: corn syrup, sugar and carob
  • Alcohol: spirits, hard liquor, wine and beer
  • Condiments: vinegar, pepper, ketchup and mustard
  • Drinks : coffee and soft drinks
  • Drugs & chemicals : aspirin, pesticides, tobacco and herbicides

If you want to prevent or minimize acne breakouts, you should replace acidic food with alkaline food choices. Some examples include carrots, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce, tomatoes, apples, grapes, lemons, pineapples, raisins, strawberries, peaches, oranges and almonds. You may be surprised to see so many citrus fruits on this list. The reason is that the specific citric acid they each contain has an alkalinizing effect on your body that will actually reduce the level of acidity, rather than increase it.

Rather than making an effort to avoid one specific type of food, it is better to avoid groups of acidic foods that will enhance your acne. Replace some of the choices in the first list with more alkaline foods from the second list. You will soon discover that small changes in your diet can produce big results!

Transforming Your Low Calorie Diet Plans To Boost The Effectiveness

If you are looking for different ways to increase the weight loss effect of your low calorie diet plans, you should continue reading this article. In this article, we will discuss about the long term effectiveness of a low calorie diet plan, what is Calorie Shifting diet and how can you implement shifting calories theory to increase the effectiveness of the diet. After reading this article, you will be able to increase the effectiveness of your diet and start losing even more weight.

Firstly, it has been scientifically proven that human body is able to change the body function and metabolic rate according to the nutritional intake. Therefore, if you are taking a constant low calorie diet, after long period of time, your body will get used to the low caloric intake, and then, digest or burn less calorie. As a result, your metabolic rate is lower and the effective of the diet in the long run will be lower.

This problem can actually be solved and the effect can actually be increased through a special rotational caloric intake diet called Calorie Shifting diet. Calorie Shifting is a diet that requires you alternate the amount of caloric intake periodically so that your body will not perceive a general low caloric intake. By doing so, your body function will remain the same and the caloric burning rate will remain the same over a long period of time.

Basically, the shifting calories theory requires you to alternate your caloric intake between low, medium and high calorie, with the medium calorie intake as about 300 calories less than your daily usage. It might be very difficult to create your own Calorie Shifting diet plan because you will need close monitor to the amount of caloric intake. Therefore, it is advisable that you consult a dietitian to create a diet plan for you.

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💩 – Remove Inflammatory Foods (Every other week, remove one thing from your diet that isn’t benefiting you in reaching your goals. Dairy, Sugar, Alcohol, Meat, Gluten, Caffeine). You can remove these all at once, but a more gentile approach with help avoid detox symptoms, and will also help your body to develop new lasting habits.

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Food Tech News Roundup: Meal Kits, Produce Initiatives, and Cookie Dough

This week’s food tech news was all about two things: meal kits and food (and grocery) delivery. From Kroger’s acquisition of Ocado’s technology to Good Eggs’ $50 million fundraise to Chef’d’s partnership with Byte, they kind of dominated the news cycle.

So it’s only fitting we have a few of those stories in our weekly roundup as well! We’ve got the download on Munchery’s downsizing and Blue Apron’s brick-and-mortar stores, as well as a new fresh produce purchasing incentive. And, to round it out, cookie dough.

Blue Apron goes brick-and-mortar

Meal kit company Blue Apron announced a series of pop-up events across seven cities. They’ll have an experiential retail location in NYC, as well as mobile pop-ups (food trucks?) in L.A., San Francisco, and Seattle and movie nights (???) in Austin, Dallas, and Minneapolis. At the NYC pop-up, open May 29th until the end of June, shoppers can check out Blue Apron’s latest products, listen in on panel discussions, and pay a small fee for cooking classes (proceeds are donated to City Harvest). Meal kits are transitioning from a delivery model to retail, and Blue Apron seems to be taking this trend one step further with these pop-up experiences. We’ll try to check it out when they come to Seattle and let you know if the experiment is paying off.

 


JUST Foods debuts new vegan cookie dough

From lab-grown meat to egg-free scrambled eggs, JUST Foods is working to create vegan versions of our favorite foods. Next up: cookie dough. In flavors like Birthday Cake, Chocolate Mint, and classic Chocolate Chip, this egg-free, butter-free dough will be sold in 14 oz jars, as well as single-serve cups and 5 lb tubs for foodservice. Just Cookie Dough first launched in 2016, but JUST Foods (then Hampton Creek) had difficulty keeping up with demand. They’re hoping their new co-manufacturer will help them meet customers’ growing appetites for plant-based foods. Bonus: You can eat it raw, no salmonella qualms!

 

Munchery cuts staff in 3 cities

Online meal delivery company Munchery has stopped operations in Seattle, New York, and L.A. They’ll still operate in San Francisco, their first and largest market, but are cutting around 30% of their staff, according to GeekWire. Unlike other food delivery services which partner with local restaurants, Munchery cooked their packaged meal offerings in their own kitchens, and also gave customers the option to order for multiple days.

 


Non-profit increases access to produce for low-income families

Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit which aims to increase underserved communities’ access to fresh produce, is launching a Reward Card to incentivize fruit and vegetable purchases. Low-income families in NYC will receive cards preloaded with $20, and if they spend it on produce at one of six participating supermarkets, they’ll receive more money put back on the card. Participants can get up to a total of $180 on their card through December 31st, 2018. Wholesome Wave has focused chiefly on doubling SNAP (food stamps) benefits at farmers markets since its launch, but their cards will help them reach a larger audience.

Did we miss any food tech news stories? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @TheSpoonTech. 

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Talking about my seasonal raw food diet changes to finish the week. Do you eat and feel differently during the year on a plant based diet? However you eat for the rest of the year, summer is epic for those on a raw vegan lifestyle.

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Meet Michael Porter Jr., self-proclaimed ‘best player in the draft’ and raw vegan

Michael Porter Jr. is not your typical lottery pick. Case in point — he and his family have been following a vegan diet for a decade and recently moved to raw veganism.

Michael Porter Jr. was seen as a potential top pick in the 2018 draft before a back injury caused him to miss his entire freshman season at Missouri. Now fully healthy as he participates in (part of) the draft combine in Chicago, he’s showing that a season away from the game hasn’t hurt his confidence.

Porter told reporters that he still considers himself “the best player in the draft” and added that “everyone will know that soon”.

He also spoke about his overall improved health, how he’s progressed since Missouri’s season ended, and what he’s been doing to prepare for the combine and upcoming draft — including his vegan diet.

Last fall, the Kansas City Star published a story about the Porter family’s diet and how it has changed since the family brought in a “performance consultant”. Lisa Porter, especially, saw the importance of diet in helping her sons Michael and Jontay (also a freshman at Mizzou who is entering the draft) maximize their physical abilities as they prepared to play basketball in college and the NBA. As the matriarch of the Porter family, Lisa brought in Doug Graham, a doctor of chiropractic medicine from outside of London, to coach her and the rest of the ten-person household on proper nutrition.

Graham had been advising the family on their diet for some time but last year he spent several days as a live-in chef and nutritionist, teaching lessons in the kitchen around the benefits of consuming a raw vegan diet. According to Graham, “cooking food can produce ‘detriments’ to the body, anti-nutrients that increase the need for specific minerals, vitamins and antioxidants”. Recipes that Graham taught the Porters included vegan pizza with a zucchini crust, raw cinnamon buns, kale chips, and cashew-based cheese sauces to use in Mexican dishes.

I don’t know how to digest this story anymore than I’d know what to do with zucchini-crusted pizza. Stories of athletes like Tom Brady, LeBron James, and others following insanely strict diets have become commonplace over the last couple years. But these are athletes who have made millions and adopted these practices as they aim to prolong the primes of their careers. LBbron and Brady had been able to see R-rated movies for over a decade before they considered their diets the way the Porters had been most of their lives.

What happened to stories like Derrick Rose’s diet of gummy bears, Starbursts, honey buns and Twizzlers? Or Larry Bird drinking beer throughout the year and famously hurting his back tarring his mom’s driveway right before one season?

I don’t want to make mountains out of mole hills, but Michael Porter Jr. grew up with a nutritionist/performance consultant. He spent his senior year of high school playing in Seattle. The only other five-star prospect in the state of Washington was his brother and teammate, Jontay. He appeared in only three games in very limited minutes in college. It just doesn’t sound like he’s really experienced much of a challenge so far. As skilled as he may be for his size, the NBA sounds like it could be a rude awakening, or at the very least quite an adjustment.

Global Pet Foods Markets 2016-2018 & 2024

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.


This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Pet Foods in US$ Million by the following Product Segments:

  • Cat Food
  • Dog Food
  • Other Pet Food

The report profiles 148 companies including many key and niche players such as:

  • Affinity Petcare SA (Spain)
  • Mogiana Alimentos SA (Brazil)
  • Aller Petfood LLC (Denmark)
  • Barking Heads & Meowing Heads Pet Food UK Ltd. (UK)
  • BHJ A/S (Denmark)
  • Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. (USA)
  • Bridge PetCare Co., Ltd. (China)
  • C&D Foods Ltd. (Ireland)
  • Diamond Pet Foods, Inc. (USA)
  • Heristo AG (Germany)
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. (USA)
  • Hartz Mountain Corporation (USA)
  • INABA PETFOOD Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • LUPUS Alimentos (Brazil)
  • Mars, Inc. (USA)
  • Mars Petcare (Belgium)
  • Nutro Products, Inc. (USA)
  • The Iams Company (USA)
  • Nestle Purina PetCare Company (USA)
  • The J.M. Smucker Company (USA)
  • Total Alimentos SA (Brazil)
  • Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. (USA)
  • Unicharm Corporation
  • Vitakraft-Werke Whrmann & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG. (Germany)
  • Yantai China Pet Foods Co. Ltd. (China)

Key Topics Covered:

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Pet Foods
An Industry Driven by Passion for Pets
Market Outlook
Premium and Advanced Foods Sustain Growth in Developed Countries
Developing Countries Offer Strong Prospects
Rise in Pet Population and Growth Opportunities Ahead

2. COMPETITION
Leading Players
Leading Players in the Global Pet Food Market
Players Eye Acquisitions to Strengthen Portfolio
Recent M&A Activities in the Global Pet Food Market

3. MARKET TRENDS
Pet Health & Wellness
An Overriding Theme
Functional Pet Treats Grow in Importance
Premiumization Intensifies in Pet Foods
Growth in the Use of Exotic Sources of Protein
Rise in GMO-free, Natural and Organic Pet Foods
Green Diet
A Niche Growth Market
Veterinary Diets Gain Importance
Rise in Preference for Raw Animal Protein
Cell Cultured Meat, A Futuristic Approach
Increasing Role of Labeling in Driving Sales
Manufacturers Launch Novel Products to Stay Competitive
Humanization of Pet Foods
A Major Trend
Ranking of Non-Traditional Pet food Forms by Consumer Preference
Low-Glycemic Diets Find place in Dog foods
Freeze-Dried and Refrigerated Foods Present Attractive Alternatives
Humanization of Pet Food Paves Way for Launch of High-end Products
Nutrigenomics Gain Place in Product Innovations
Use of Sustainably Farmed Ingredients on Rise
Artisan and Gourmet Pet Treats Rise in Popularity
Issues Encountered in Traditional Pet Food Paves Way for Organic Foods
Customized Pet Food Gains Traction
Interest in Raw Food on Rise
Steps Taken by US FDA to Ensure Safety of Raw Pet Food
Inclusion of Whole Ingredients in Pet Foods Gains Traction
Rising Demand for Pet Nutraceuticals Adds New Growth
Higher Moisture Content in Pet Foods Adds to Health Benefits
Dry Food Preferred Over Wet
Adaptive Technologies, Future of Pet Food Processing
Packaging Trends for Pet Foods
Customized Packaging
A Key Trend
Single Serve Packaging
Driven by Convenience

4. MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION SCENARIO
Major Retail Channels in the Pet Food Industry
E-Commerce Registers Dramatic Growth

5. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Product Definition
A Historic Perspective
Segment Classification
Cat Food
Dog Food
Other Pets Food
Product Classification
Canned/Wet Food
Dry Food
Semi-Moist Food
Snacks
Classification of Pet Foods based on Price
Premium Pet Foods
Specialty Pet Foods
Super-Premium Pet Foods

6. PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS/INNOVATIONS
BSB Products Introduces Carnilove Canned Wet Cat Food
Aller Petfood Introduces Tasty Petfood in Russia
NUTRO Australia Introduces NUTRO Range of Dry Dog Food
Friskies Introduces New Cat Food Products Line
Midwestern Pet Foods Introduces Pet foods under Earthborn Holistic VentureTM Brand
Mars Petcare Introduces CRAVE Brand of Dog and Cat Food
IAMS Brand Launches High Protein Cat Food
Mars Petcare Introduces Perfect Fit’ Pet Foods
Open Farm Introduces Dry Cat Food

7. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
C. J. Foods Holdings Acquires Lortscher Animal
The J. M. Smucker Company to Acquire Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, LLC
BrightPet Nutrition Group Acquires Phoebe Products
General Mills to Acquire Blue Buffalo
Nestle Sets up Subsidiary in India
Dane Creek Capital Acquires Pets4Life
Cargill to Acquire Pro-Pet
Spectrum Brands Acquires PetMatrix, LLC
Animal Supply Completes Acquisition of LADS Pet Supplies
C&D Foods Acquires Continentale Nutrition
Affinity Petcare Acquires Agrifan
Fold Hill Takes Over Pointer Pet
WellPet Takes Over Sojos

8. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS

9. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

Total Companies Profiled: 148 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 180)

  • The United States (53)
  • Canada (3)
  • Japan (11)
  • Europe (83)
    • France (2)
    • Germany (11)
    • The United Kingdom (18)
    • Italy (13)
    • Spain (3)
    • Rest of Europe (36)
  • Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (18)
  • Middle East (2)
  • Latin America (9)
  • Africa (1)

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Diabetes Diet – Are You Taking Right Diet In Diabetes

The diabetic should not be afraid to each fresh fruits and vegetables which contain sugar and starch. Fresh fruit contain sugar fructose, which does not need insulin for its metabolism and is well tolerated by diabetics. Fats and oils should be taken sparingly; for they are apt to lower the tolerance for proteins and starches, for they are apt to lower the tolerance for proteins stimulates and increase insulin production. For protein, home made cottage cheese, various forms of sourced milks and nuts are best. The patient should avoid overeating and take four or five small meals a day rather than three large ones.

The following diet should be serving as a guideline.

Upon rising: A glass of lukewarm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Breakfast: Any fresh fruit with the exception of banana, soaked prunes a small quantity or whole meal bread with butter and fresh milk.

Lunch: Steamed or lightly cooked green, vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, turnip, asparagus, and mushrooms, two or three whole wheat chapattis according to appetite and glass of butter milk or curd.

Milk after noon: A glass or fresh fruit or vegetable juice.

Dinner: A large bowl of salad made up of all the raw vegetables in season. The salad may be followed by a hot course, if desired, and fresh home-made cottage cheese.

Bedtime snack: A glass of fresh milk.

Flesh foods find no place in this regimen, for they increase the toxic condition under the diabetic state and reduce the sugar tolerance. On the other hand, a non-stimulating vegetarian diet, especially one made up of raw foods, promotes and increases sugar tolerance.

Celery, cucumbers, string beans, onion and garlic are especially beneficial. String bean pot tea is an excellent natural substitute for insulin and highly beneficial in diabetes. The skins of pods of green beans are extremely rich in silica and certain hormone substance which are closely related to insulin. One cup of string bean tea is equal to one unit of insulin. Cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. Onion and garlic have proved beneficial in reducing blood sugar in diabetes.

Americans want non-GMO, gluten-free superfoods with probiotics — for their pets

Americans want natural foods on their dinner plates — and in their dogs’ bowls, too.

Consumer demand for so-called wellness products that claim to be “natural” has been on the rise in fresh food and baby goods, and now it’s spilling over to the purchases people make for their pets. Pet owners are increasingly seeking out dog and cat food that’s “clean,” meaning it doesn’t contain artificial colors, hormones or other additives, according to a new analysis by Nielsen, the consumer insights company.

Sales of pet foods that don’t have GMOs — genetically modified organisms, a hot topic among foodies for the past several years — have shot up 29% over the last year, Nielsen found. And probiotics aren’t just something to talk about after yoga class anymore: spending on dog food with probiotic ingredients jumped 139% over the last year, according to Nielsen. Pet parents also increasingly prefer foods that don’t have corn or grain, Nielsen found.


“Consumers are really becoming more discerning in terms of what they’re looking for in their pet food and they’re willing to pay for it,” said James Restivo, client director and pet lead for Nielsen.

Case in point: probiotic dog food shoppers spend an average of two times more per store visit than the average dog food shopper, Nielsen’s report noted, without naming specific dollar amounts.

Mass market dog chow can sell for as little as 51 cents a pound, but customers of Pet Wants SOMA, in South Orange, N.J. pay between $3 and $4 a pound for small batch, slow-cooked kibble that doesn’t contain corn, sugar, animal by-products, soy, fillers or dyes. Unlike national brand pet food, which can sit in a warehouse for months or even years before being delivered to a store, Pet Wants is made fresh every 30 days and delivered free to customers’ homes, said co-owner Jack Denelsbeck. Another selling point is that the kibble is made in a fourth-generation family-run plant in Ohio that’s never had a recall, he said.

“A lot more people are definitely more conscious that some foods contain preservatives, and that’s not good for them,” Denelsbeck said. “Now they’re becoming more and more conscious about what they’re putting in their dog or cat’s body.” Customers say the food makes their dogs’ coats shinier, gives them more energy and even changes their demeanor, Denelsbeck said. “People say my dog seems happier and is enjoying life better because of what they’re eating,” he said.

“People say my dog seems happier and is enjoying life better because of what they’re eating.”


— Jack Denelsbeck, Pet Wants SOMA

Pet owners’ quests to give their Fidos and Fluffies a healthier diet is an expression of Americans’ growing fondness for their pets. As of 2015, some 95% of pet owners considered their pets a member of the family, up seven points from 2007, Restivo said.

Americans spent $69.5 billion on their pets last year, and owning a pet will cost you $1,270 in the first year alone. But there’s a return on that investment: pet owners get more exercise, have better self-esteem and are less likely to shy away from relationships (with humans) than non-pet owners.

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The cook-it-yourself from local produce movement has also trickled down the food chain. Washington state dog owner Kimberly Gauthier is so committed to a natural diet for her pups that she now shuns store-bought food altogether in favor of a method called “raw feeding,” which she chronicles on her blog. To make breakfast for her four dogs on Monday morning, she threw an entire rabbit — complete with fur — into a meat grinder and added carp eyeballs to the mixture.

She also fed them kefir (fermented milk) to expose them to probiotics, and supplemented the meal with trendy human foods you would find in any artisanal food market in Brooklyn or Berkeley: bone broth, turmeric and coconut oil.

To make breakfast for her four dogs on Monday morning, she threw an entire rabbit — complete with fur — into a meat grinder and added carp eyeballs to the mixture.

Gauthier spends about $200 to $250 a month feeding all four dogs, and says the expense is well worth it because of the money she’s saved on vet bills. Before she started the all-raw meal plan, one of her dogs was plagued by health issues, but they stopped after a couple of months on the raw diet.

“I really take pride in knowing exactly what my dogs are eating,” Gauthier said.

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Kimberly Gauthier feeds her four dogs an all-raw diet.
But what does the ‘natural’ label really mean?

Pet owners are increasingly likely to buy dog or cat food that contains so-called superfoods — which have nutrients thought to be extra beneficial for humans — like blueberries and sweet potatoes, Nielsen found. “We’re starting to see things like quinoa and even kale pop up in pet food,” Restivo said.

And store-bought products that explicitly claim on their labels to be “natural” are becoming more popular: They made up 6.4% of the pet care market in 2017, up from 3.2% in 2013, according to Nielsen.

But pet parents who hunt for the word “natural” on labels should proceed with caution. The term has no official definition, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told MarketWatch. For the most part, natural “can be construed” to mean there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, said FDA spokeswoman Juli Putnam.

But, she noted, “The FDA does not have premarket authority over the labeling of animal food products, and therefore does not review or pre-approve any labeling claims such as ‘natural’ for accuracy.”

Dr. Cailin Heinze, board-certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University bristles when she sees products making questionable claims. (She’s criticized the use of the term “premium” in pet food.)

‘These products are being marketed, not because the company has any evidence that they’re actually healthy, but because public perception is that they are, and pet owners will pay more for it.’

“I don’t think consumers realize how much of pet food and even human food marketing is affecting their purchases,” Heinze told MarketWatch. “These products are being marketed, not because the company has any evidence that they’re actually healthy, but because public perception is that they are, and pet owners will pay more for it. It’s a huge problem in pet nutrition and in human nutrition.”

Heinze — who couldn’t comment on specific brands or diets and has no financial connection to any pet food company — said labels have very little to do with quality. It’s more important to look behind the scenes, she said, to see whether a pet food company owns its own plant or contracts out the food production, whether they have a food scientist with a Ph.D. who oversees the products, whether they research and test their products before putting them on the market, and whether there are rigorous quality controls at the factory.

Consumers can try contacting companies to get this information, or just talk to their vet, Heinze said.

Her advice is to steer clear of human food trends like superfoods and gluten-free eating and focus on “tried and true” pet diets containing beef, chicken, corn and grain. Those have the added benefit of being among the most affordable foods, she said.

Many pet owners are now seeking out grain-free diets because they’re under the impression it’s healthier, Heinze said. But recently vets have started to notice a resurgence — she’s not sure how many cases there have been — of a specific heart disease in dogs that’s caused by a nutrition deficiency. Vets believe it could be linked to grain-free diets, but more research is needed to fully understand what’s happening. That’s one of the reasons Heinze advises pet owners to stay away from trendy ingredients.

“Because the pet food market is such a big business in terms of money, you have to make yourself stand out, and one way to do that is more and more exotic ingredients, but in doing that sometimes caution and science are lost along the way,” Heinze said.