Sweetener Stats – Sweets in Dog Food and Treats.
Last week we wrote about the use of sweeteners in dog food and the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sweetener types. That post made us wonder just how prevalent are these lower quality sweeteners so we dove into our data to find the answers.
We identified a set of low quality sweeteners including:
- Corn Syrup
- Propylene Glycol
We did a search for these ingredients and, as shown in the graph, found that about 12% of the foods and 17% of the foods and treats contain at least one of these ingredients.
You can see that there is a higher use of these ingredients in treats than there is in regular food. I suppose this is a good thing, since most dogs obtain a majority of their daily calories from food. For the curious, these ingredients are in 35% of the treats in our data set. Thus, you should be very judicious in doling out treats! Consider using some fruits and veggies as alternatives as well.
We next wondered which of these lower quality sweeteners are the most common so we went back to the data and did the calculations. As shown in the graph, caramel and sugar were the most common, representing almost 2/3 of the total occurrences between the two.
Interesting stuff! It seems to me that these results are ‘better’ than I would have expected. Intuitively, I would have thought that at least ¼ of all foods and ½ of all treats used these in their recipes.
Although I don’t have any historical data to prove it, I will interpret the data as ‘good news’ and a reflection of the improvements that are being made in the commercial dog food industry.
What do you think?