The Dog Cancer Diet: Be Cautious of Bad AdviceBy
The glycemic index is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. High glycemic index carbs release glucose quickly into the bloodstream and glucose feeds cancer cells. Low glycemic index carbs break release glucose slowly into the bloodstream and are absorbed by other metabolic processes before cancer cells can feed on them.
The glycemic index is based on a scale of 0 – 100 with foods rated at 100 having the most rapid release of glucose into the bloodstream. Meats and vegetables have a low glycemic index, followed by grains which have a moderate to high glycemic index, followed by starches and sugars which generally have the highest glycemic indexes.
Dogs have a higher metabolic rate than humans. This means that higher glycemic foods break down even more quickly in dogs than people, significantly increasing the odds of tumors and cancer cells multiplying more quickly. So it’s crucial to feed your dog a low glycemic index diet if they have cancer. Cancer cells grow and thrive on sugar. Every time you feed your dog a meal with rice or oatmeal, their blood sugar skyrockets and the cancer cells have a feeding frenzy. It’s worse if you do this in every meal. The cancer cells know the sugar goodies are coming regularly. To stop the cancer cells from growing, it’s essential that you stop this.
In addition, grains and rice are acid forming foods. Individuals with cancer need to reduce acid because cancer thrives in acidic environments.
This means you must avoid all rice (brown rice included), grains (oatmeal included) fruits, potatoes, and processed sugar. The only exception to this would be if your dog is dehydrated from diarrhea. In that case, it would be acceptable to add honey as described in the formula for dehydration in Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer.
Especially beware of the questionable marketing tactics on the internet, such as those who recommend any grains in your dog’s diet. Also avoid soybeans and any products derived from soy such as lecithin, as this accelerates tumor growth and cancer cells. The bottom line is that if you are making food, or adding supplements which contain these ingredients, I strongly recommend that you stop feeding this to your dog immediately to give him/her the best chance of survival from cancer. Re-check to be certain that none of the supplements you are giving your dog contain such ingredients, especially lecithin.
Dogs in the wild eat no grains and dogs with cancer generally do better on diets with no grain. The one exception to this is if your dog with cancer is losing weight. In that case, brown rice may help to add more weight.
Try to stick with foods rated 40 or below on the index. Low glycemic dog food recipes can be found in Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer.
I invite you to watch a video where I will show you how to prepare your own home cooked food for dogs with cancer. You can get it by CLICKING HERE.
Here is a short glycemic food index chart to give you an idea of different foods and their values:
Source: Korean Diabetes J. 2009 Aug;33(4):261-266.
VEGETABLES (glycemic index)
Brussels Sprout 7
Carrots (raw) 16
Carrots (cooked) 36
Green Bean 0
Peas (frozen) 39
Pepper, Sweet <10
Split Pea 32
Summer squash 17
Tomato (fresh, canned) 15
Tomato Juice 38
Wax Bean – Yellow 30