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Preserving Your Pet's Health Without Food Additives and Preservatives

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By Kymythy R. Schultze, CCN, AHI Additives and preservatives are included in commercial processed pet foods to prevent spoilage, extend shelf life, and improve the taste and appearance of the product. Because many ingredients in commercial processed pet foods, especially fats (and fat-soluble vitamins) and oils, are easily damaged by heat, light, and oxygen, (thus decreasing their nutritional value and possibly making them deleterious to health) preservatives are added to help stabilize the oxidative process. Additives such as colors and flavors are used to make the product more attractive to...

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