Spring Naturals Whole Grain and Grain Free Dry Dinners are now certified Low Glycemic and Diabetic Friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute. It is the only made in the USA dog kibble to receive this accreditation and is certainly good news for pet owners who have dogs suffering from diabetes.
Dry pet foods that use rendered meals require a binding agent that is high in simple carbohydrates and starches to hold the kibble together, which converts rapidly into glucose. A diet full of carbs and starches can be unhealthy for pets because the higher the carbs, the higher the glycemic index. Since Spring Naturals doesn’t use meals, the brand’s dry dinners are free of high-carbohydrate binding agents such as wheat, soy, tapioca, white rice, brown rice, and potato starch.
Foods formulated with low glycemic ingredients are digested slower than high glycemic foods, allowing the body to absorb all the nutrients. When food is digested slower and the nutrients are properly absorbed, pets will remain fuller longer which helps maintain weight control; whereas dog foods with a high glycemic index elevate blood glucose levels, which can increase the risk of epilepsy, hypothyroidism, allergies, yeast infections, cancer, and diabetes. This is significant because currently one in every 500 dogs suffers from diabetes and the number of dogs diagnosed with diabetes has increased 300 percent in the past three decades.