Woman Eats Dog Food As A Cheaper Alternative For The Paleo Diet

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The paleo diet: good for our bodies, bad for our wallets. Following this protein-rich diet can be quite expensive, that’s why just recently, one woman tried an unconventional meaty alternative: dog food.

“… all that fresh meat and produce costs a fortune,” explains Anne Kadet, who ate six days’ worth of wet and dry dog food. “Plus, there’s a lot of cooking, and I have better things to do with my time — like reading dog food labels. And yes, I couldn’t help notice that my dog’s high-end kibble — like my paleo diet — is high in protein, grain-free and gluten-free. It’s made with ‘simple, holistic ingredients.’ It’s fortified with omega-3 and omega-6 and antioxidants. The best part? Canidae is an expensive dog food, but at 85 cents a meal, it’s a lot cheaper than eating paleo.” You know what, she has a point – albeit a disgusting one.

On Day One, she poured a cup of kibble for her border collie and one for herself. She describes her meal as “dry and gritty, it has a nutty, slightly sour taste, just like breakfast cereal.” For snacks, she ate Milk-Bones.

On Day Three, she ran into a bit of a problem. She noticed for the first time the warning on the label: “Not for human consumption.” She immediately calls up an NYU professor who knows a thing or two about human and pet nutrition. “Canned food is sterile,” said the professor. “The kibble is not, and there have been many instances of salmonella contamination.”

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Despite the warning, Kadet continued her quest, even going to Petsmart to buy high-end wet and refrigerated dog foods. She was even lucky enough to avail of their Buy 10, Get 2 Cans Free promo. After six days of eating nothing but dog food, the results are in: She lost 2 pounds and her blood sugar level “dropped to the ultralow end of the ideal range.”

Kadet’s final verdict after this experiment? She says the cost of high-end dog food (read: tastier) dog food wasn’t as cost-effective as she had hoped for – it’s actually cheaper to buy chicken than to buy a can of Freshpet – so she’s going back to people food.

But if there came a time she would choose between dog food and Kraft dinner, she says she’d rather have kibble. “Surely, an all-in-one, high-end dog food is more nutritious than a diet of white flour and fat?”