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Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack; The Paradox of Pet Nutrition



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Nottingham University Press
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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 2/23/2011.

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Present day nutrition dogma is at odds with the diet mammals have been perfected to thrive on. Cellular wisdom in the mammalian genome is the pinnacle of four billion years of evolution and is based on a diet available in the primordial world. Creative humans in the last 10,000 years have revolutionized diet with the domestication of cereal crops, but the mammalian genome has not yet adapted to a diet high in soluble carbohydrate and excess energy. 10,000 years in the history of evolution is the same as one second in five days. The mammalian species is far better perfected to deal with lack of nutrition, the constant problem evolution had to solve.Current nutrition policy gets it wrong with its emphasis on reducing fat in the diet. Why, if fat is the culprit in our diet, has fat consumption declined, yet obesity is skyrocketing, in both pets and people? Why, if fat is the reason for diet excess, does the Atkins diet cause weight loss yet allow unlimited dietary fat? Could it be that fat is not the problem? Maybe we have overlooked something. Often, while pet owners believe they are providing the best nutrition, failure to restrict carbohydrates silently robs their pets of health and longevity. The book explains how behaviour, both of pets and people, is a critical aspect of any proper diet.

Author Biography

R. Patton is an expert in animal nutrition who has worked with a wide array of clients, from pets and family farm animals to exotic zoo species and multinational corporations. He is the author of 28 scientific publications and two patents.

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