Grains are complex carbohydrates made up of starch and fiber. When your dog eats and digests grains, the starches are broken down into sugars like glucose to use as fuel for their body’s energy. Some grains contain gluten while others are gluten-free, and whole grains can help provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Dietary grains for dogs can also be a good source of fiber which may help regulate their digestive system, feed good gut bacteria and eliminate toxins from their body. Soluble fiber can also help stabilize blood glucose levels, enhance nutrient absorption and control cholesterol. Examples of soluble fiber in your pet’s diet might be rice bran, oats, barley, dried peas, beans, flaxseed or beet pulp. Grains can also sometimes help reduce your dog’s calorie consumption due to the satiating fiber when putting your pet on a diet to lose weight.
In addition to the carbohydrate-based energy your dog can get from grains, choosing grain dog food can sometimes also benefit pet parents with an economical energy source when you run out of kibble or forget to bring dog food for your pup on the camping trip.
If your dog has certain medical conditions—like liver or kidney disease which need a low-protein diet or pancreatitis and intestinal bowl disease requiring a low-fat diet—dog food with healthy grains can be an excellent choice.