Our improved recipe
We would like to
inform you of some small changes that we are making to our Fish4Dogs Finest
range. These changes are part of a
process of continually developing and improving our products. The purpose of this change is to balance the
Omega 6:3 ratio. We have achieved this by addition of a small amount (1.3%) of
Sunflower oil. We have also increased the
Vitamin E levels from 400IU to 700IU.
The new recipes will be on sale from around Winter 2015.
Our new recipe has the
same fat and protein levels as the current.
What we have done is to add a small amount of sunflower at 1.3%. In order to offset the addition of sunflower oil we have reduced the levels of salmon oil but then increased the levels of wet fish and fish meal. The net effect being an insignificant change to fish content – only 0.3% less in our white fish and 0.1% in our puppy and salmon recipes.
This change increases the
levels of Omega 6 in our foods so improving the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.
Over recent months we
have found increasing levels of Omega 3 in our foods. This is due, in no small part, to our ability
to source even higher quality fish.
Whilst that is a good thing, in that Omega 3 has many health benefits,
it does mean that we also need to increase the Omega 6 levels to maintain the
correct balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3.
The body needs both Omega
6 and Omega 3. Omega 6 plays a role in
cell growth; in triggering of the immune response and as a transmitter of nerve
impulses. However Omega 6 causes
inflammation. The key benefit of Omega 3,
which makes it so good for coat, skin, joint and cardiac health, is that it is
a powerful anti-inflammatory offsetting the inflammation caused by Omega 6. However,
as in most things in life, balance is key.
Too much Omega 3 relative to Omega 6 can prevent the omega 6 doing the
good things it does with the main consequence being a reduced immune response.
In general most western diets, both human and animal have the problem of far too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3. The reason being that Omega 6 is widely available through many sources including vegetable oil, whilst Omega 3 is harder to obtain, except by eating fish. Dogs fed on fish have no problem with their Omega 3 intake but that does mean they also need a quality source of Omega 6 to maintain the right balance.
The reason we selected
sunflower oil is that it is one of the richest sources of Omega 6.
We have also increased the levels of Vitamin
E. It is common, in products rich in polyunsaturated
fats (omega-3 and 6 ) to also have
higher levels of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that helps
prevent the oxidisation of these fatty acids.
We have tested this product thoroughly and are convinced that, at this low level of inclusion, there will be no changes in terms of palatability or suitability for dogs with sensitivities.
We have made these
changes in good faith and for sound nutritional reasons. If you would like further information you can
contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01299 252352