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this article goes on and disputes her claim that canned has more preservatives than kibble....
Unlike during the manufacturing of dry food, moisture does not have to be removed from the
ingredients of canned food, so food ingredients like meat, grains, potatoes/sweet potatoes,
pasta, vegetables and fruits remain fairly unchanged. Many ingredients used to manufacture
dry food have already been processed at least once before they are mixed into kibble "dough"
and cooked yet again (rendered meat meals and animal-based fats, dried vegetables and
Longer shelf life, less additives and preservatives, no flavoring agents
Canned food generally has a shelf life of two years and more without degradation of nutritional
value, compared to dry food, which can lose much of its nutrient content within a year of
the manufacturing date - depending on how it is preserved. The more natural stabilizers are
used, the shorter the shelf life.
A 1997 study by the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
found that canned fruits and vegetables for example provide as much dietary fiber and vitamins
as the same corresponding fresh foods, and in some cases, even more. Fresh foods
begin losing vitamins as soon as they are picked, and often travel long ways.
Although small amounts of preservatives may be present in canned food if they were already
added to specific ingredients used for the formulation, it does not need added preservatives
since the canning process sterilizes and preserves the food in an oxygen-free environment.
There is plenty of meat and fat to make the food palatable without flavoring agents, and since
the can is sealed no humectants are needed to keep moisture in, and no mold inhibitors (like
in semi-moist food products) to prevent the food from becoming moldy.
Dave and Molly
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