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Posted: 12/2/2015 12:00:00 PM

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-12-02
on the Wheat Belly Blog, sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Wheat Watch: Greenies

Screen Shot of Greenies ad

Here’s a post aimed at our canine and feline friends.

“Greenies: The #1 Vet-Recommended Dental Chews and Treats.” That’s what the people who manufacture Greenies dental chews for dogs and cats claim.

But, for those of you trying to keep your dog or cat wheat- and grain-free, Greenies dental chews, purported to clean their teeth, are filled with wheat and rice, among their top ingredients:

Ingredients in Dog chews:
Wheat flour, wheat protein isolate, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), choline chloride, dried apple pomace, fruit juice color, vitamins ( dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), turmeric color.

Ingredients in Cat chews:
Chicken meal, rice flour, wheat flour, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural poultry flavor, sodium gluconate, tuna flavor, ground flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, minerals (calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate), vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), preserved with citric acid, taurine, preserved with mixed tocopherols, chlorophyll (sodium copper chlorophyllin)

I am highly skeptical that anything that contains the rapidly-digested amylopectin A of grains can yield oral health in omnivorous or carnivorous mammals, as salivary amylase begins the process of yielding sugar, glucose, that triggers the change in oral flora that leads to tooth decay. (Grazing ruminants who consume grasses, including their seeds–“grains”–have different oral flora than we do, and also grow teeth continuously throughout their lives, unlike our two opportunities to grow teeth, the last around age 10.) Greenies are intended for canines and felines, of course, not Homo sapiens. But it is likely that such carnivorous creatures likely share the deterioration in dental health with amylopectin A exposure just like us, not to mention the constellation of gastrointestinal, skin, brain/neurological, respiratory, behavioral, metabolic conditions triggered by wheat and grains.

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