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.”
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?”