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Blue Buffalo – Nutrition Facts

Everything we do for our pet is because we love them and we consider them as our family member. We always want to see our pet happy and their happiness rely on their health. The good health of your cat or dog is only possible with the healthiest foods and its nutria-facts. The question is what’s in the Blue Buffalo?
Blue Buffalo pet food is the perfect diet with superior nutrition consisting of all natural ingredients. These tasty and high quality constituents are the mixture of intensively researched vitamins, minerals and antioxidants made especially for dogs and cats with respect to their life stages, weight, taste, and feeding behavior.
Blue Buffalo Pet Food, a balanced diet is combined with following six nutrients:
1. Water
2. Minerals
3. Vitamins
4. Proteins
5. Fats and
6. Carbohydrates
It is equally important to know from where you can get these nutrients. For instance, you can obtain high quality protein from the real chicken than poultry by-products; fatty acids from chicken fats than the generic animal fats. Even the minor difference can determine whether the pet food brands are healthy or not as they claim to be. These nutrients are essential to meet the daily needs of energy and over all well-being of the cats and the dogs.
Protein sources
Protein is the first ingredient in the recipes of Blue Buffalo pet food. The key source of the proteins are chicken, lamb, turkey, fish, egg with complete amino acid profile that are required for the basic building of the body cells, tissue, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies required for growth and repair.
Source of fats
Blue only use the best quality fats source- vegetable oils, fish oils from salmon and herring. Fats are the most concentrated food forms that can provide twice the energy amount provided by protein or carbohydrates. Fats are important in absorbing and utilizing the soluble vitamins A, D and E which also makes the skin and coat of the animal healthy. They are also one that reduces the inflammation.
Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are the great energy source for your pet. The whole food grains, for example ground brown rice, whole ground oats and barley have best low fats with highly digestible carbohydrates. Grains are also rich in the dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble both which is needed for healthy function of the intestine. The blue product only uses these higher quality grains that are less effective without costing much and of course, they don’t use any low quality corn, wheat or soy.
Fruits and veggies
Vegetables and fruits are considered as the good source of enzymes, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients along with vitamins, minerals and fibers required for promoting health and wellness. For example, potatoes, carrot and peas are the great vitamin A source and blueberries are best for vitamin C.
Vitamins and minerals
For the overall growth in bone and muscles, and for the better digestion and reproduction, vitamins and minerals work together for your pets. They are also equally important for good immune system and for the healthy development of skin and coat. Manganese, iron, potassium, calcium, copper and phosphorus are some of the minerals that are found in the product of Blue Buffalo. As it will be hard for your pet to absorb the minerals, the foods are supplemented with chelated minerals, which means the one that is attached with the amino acids for easy absorption and will get into the pet’s bloodstream more readily. Also, vitamins are the great substitute in the Blue Buffalo pet food.…

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The Futility of Anti-Obesity Campaigns: Unwelcome Facts About Reality

INTRODUCTION: Few lifestyle topics attract more words than nutrition and within the topic of nutrition, the obesity issue gets a lot of if not most of the attention. Whether the focus is weight loss, optimal health or some related nutritional issue, this seems to be the case.
Historically, nutritional advice and solutions offered for problem states have been more complex than need be. The science behind fundamentals of wise dining is clear. Key principles are neither mysterious nor uncertain. No additional rain forests should be sacrificed for more books (and dissertations) on optimal nutrition.
A sound understanding of wise dining invites an overview of foundation realities. These include unconventional explanations of why so many Americans are fat, what foods make the most difference for better and worse, the pace of body change, misplaced fears about terrorism and the downside of polite public service messages about obesity. Brief summaries on these matters will demonstrate the futility of obesity campaigns as not launched by public health authorities. This essay offers a few unwelcome facts about reality versus how obesity is currently addressed. These observations are based upon findings from multiple recent scientific findings, including a detailed long-term analysis of factors that influence weight gain conducted at Harvard University over the course of two decades. The Harvard research, known as the Nurses’ Health Study, involved 120,877 nurses, doctors, dentists and veterinarians who, at the start of the research period, were healthy, not obese or otherwise suffering from any known medical problems. Every two years, the study subjects completed detailed questionnaires about their weight, eating and other habits. The findings were published in June 2011 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
WHY THE UNPRECEDENTED OBESITY? While genetic inclinations may account for weight gain for some, other factors are usually more consequential. Americans who were lean and mean in their youth gain weight over the years little by little and bit by bit. This occurs for other than genetic reasons – influences that are largely social, economic and cultural. All these determinants are reflected in one key bottom-line fact – calories taken in are out of proportion to calories expended. Translated into simplest language, it comes down to this: Too much food and too little exercise is guaranteed to make you fat, eventually. “Eventually” usually sets in by middle age and gets worse after that.
If the obesity epidemic could be explained in a sentence, that sentence would be something like this: “We exercise way too little but the diets we favor constitute an even ‘weightier’ problem.”
FOODS FOR BETTER, FOODS FOR WORSE! Comprehensive studies done at Harvard University, referenced at the end of this commentary, suggest what most wellness promoters have advocated for decades, namely, that exercise and nutrition are the foundation variables for effective weight management. However, other factors affect both in dramatic ways, especially sleep, the company kept, alcohol intake and other lifestyle factors, particularly excessive TV and self-abuse. (“Self-abuse” means smoking, not masturbation.)
I was delighted to find that moderation in all things was shown NOT to be a good idea and the same can now be said, with supportive evidence to back it up, about dieting and other simplistic notions, such as counting calories and avoiding “fatty” foods. The guiding phrase that governs these issues always has been and remains “it depends.” Short, spiffy-sounding rules mean little out of context with other variables, which make a key difference concerning health and weight gain over time for better or worse. In medicine, there are no magic bullets – and the same applies to nutrition concerning weight management.
Some foods (e.g., potato chips, potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages and red meats) are really, really bad. While the best course is to largely avoid the real stinkers, if your taste buds are undisciplined and you simply can not resist putting serious crap in your mouth, at least take remedial steps to mitigate the damage. Such steps include extra exercise in the days before and after such reckless indulgences, and loading up on the best foods (e.g., fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and yogurt) prior to and after going on a junk bender.
REALTY CREEPS UP, NEVER LEAPS ON, YOUR BODY. Fat does not happen overnight – or in a week or a month. However, it’s sneaking up on you if you are not active. By the time you realize its gaining, it has already settled in your stomach, thighs and ass – and it’s nearly too late to do much about it. Making a comeback to normal, or better yet, a fit and functional attractive body is a hard road. You can do it, others have done it but it’s just so much easier and more rational not to let reality sneak up on you in the first place. Reality, of course, is …