The Glycemic Index (GI), measures how a food containing carbohydrates raises blood glucose levels. Foods with a low Glycemic Index are better assimilated in the body and result in healthier blood sugar and insulin control, disease prevention, increased energy, and improved mood. High glycemic index foods containing cereals rich in starch can cause health issues such as obesity and diabetes, both in humans and animals.
After performing comprehensive research, we created our Natural & Delicious "Grain-Free" line absent of any cereals and our "Low Ancestral Grain" line that contains few ancestral grains (spelt and oats) to ensure a low glycemic index food. Low glycemic index foods allow a moderate postprandial glycemic response which is also modulated over time. Ancestral Cereals have a higher dietetic fiber content that helps with digestion and nutrient absorption. Natural & Delicious foods do not contain corn to prevent any GMO contamination.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT LOW?
Feeding cats and dogs food that have low glycemic index is important because their metabolism has evolved to gain energy from animal proteins and fats, not carbohydrates. Carbohydrates traditionally found in cat and dog food formulas provide a quick energy burst as postprandial glycemic levels peak which negatively affect insulin and blood sugar controls, provide unwanted calories, and can cause health issues such as obesity and diabetes since their anatomy isn't designed to process them in abundance. Nevertheless, most industrial pet foods on the market contain 40% to 60% cereals which are rich in easily digestible carbohydrates. N&D food lines contain 0% (grain-free) to 20% (low ancestral grain) cereals.