BARF versus Processed Food




Pyramid from the top down Note – ON THE COMMERCIAL SIDE see rigid amounts of everything because balance is critical with artificial foods as opposed to REAL FOODS, where the safety margin is enormous and the situation much more fluid.  




Major problems



Easily unbalanced

Nutrients poorly available

Grain (carbohydrate) based

Poor quality fats and proteins

Low levels of essential nutrients

Low levels of protective nutrients

Unbalanced in an evolutionary sense







Major advantages

Non Toxic

Totally R.A.W.

Difficult to create imbalance

High quality fats and proteins

Nutrients appropriately available

High levels of protective nutrients

High (appropriate) levels of essential nutrients

Complete and balanced in an Evolutionary sense

Based on Biologically Appropriate R.A.W. materials  




Major advantages



Keeps our vets in business

Keeps veterinary drug companies solvent 





Major disadvantages

Reduced income for vets

Reduced income for veterinary drug companies

Rarely have to visit that nice vet you like so much. 





Toxic or protective? 

Toxins plus!


Colours, flavours preservatives (BHT, BHA, Ethoxyquin, propylene glycol)



Bacterial Endotoxins, pesticides, fungicides,

herbicides, heavy metals, vet drugs 

Limited in protective nutrients  





Toxins? – No!

No Colours, flavours preservatives  No Endotoxins from bacteria,

Limited or no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, heavy metals – depending on source

No vet drugs etc.  







Vitamin Adequacy?

Low levels!

Cooking = damaged/unavailable.

Ingredients are a poor source!

Masses of Protective Nutrients? –Yes!

Vitamins -

High levels

Undamaged by heat (no cooking)

Available in a biologically appropriate way  



Mineral Status


Biologically inappropriate

Inorganic Often excessive – especially calcium

Excessive sodium (table salt)

Potassium – may be low?

Se and Zinc deficient/unavailable  








Organic sources only

Available in a biologically appropriate way

Present in required amounts, (including calcium and phosphorus)

Low sodium/high Potassium – the biologically correct ratio

Containing all minerals including Se and Zinc – available in the appropriate way.







                 Biologically inappropriate

Excessively high levels of unhealthy fibre 

Derived from cereals, beet pulp, peanut hulls and similar.  

No healthy vegetable/fruit fibre.





Healthy fibre derived from vegetables and fruit,

Contributing in a major way to bowel and general health. 








                Biologically inappropriate

Low levels

ALWAYS poor quality (heat damaged/oxidised/rancid/ toxic/trans form/chemically altered or damaged etc.


Degenerative disease of all types. Excess Omega 6 + LOW Omega 3 = Excess inflammation 

Degenerative diseases,

Poor foetal and nervous system problems etc.











Present in biologically appropriate amounts.  

ALWAYS top quality (not heat damaged/not oxidised)  

Correct balance of Omega 6 : Omega 3 (Plenty of Omega 3). 

This >

Healthy levels of inflammation

Prevents degenerative disease

Helps prevent degenerative disease  

Results in a normal brain development,

Healthy nervous system

Lesser chance of psychosis/behavioral problems.  







Biologically inappropriate

Poor quality always

Low levels always

Heat damaged

Complexed with carbohydrates

Sourced mostly from plant materials.

End result?

Poor immune status, poor development of the foetus, poor growth,


Poor brain food, degenerative and acute disease. 






 Present in abundance (as required) ALWAYS of the highest quality.   

No damage to amino acids (not cooked)

Totally digestible (raw proteins do not complex with carbohydrates)

Ninety nine percent animal origin  

Produces :

Brilliant immune status (and a general freedom from disease.) 

Normal foetal development

Normal growth  Normal brain development


Biologically inappropriate to be the major source of energy

Gluten containing = inflammatory bowel disease and epilepsy in dogs


Starchy and sugary (high glycaemic index)


This leads to Obesity which causes diabetes, joint disease, heart disease etc. 






NNext :  Dr B's Books



Fruit and vegetables only  (Low glycaemic index)

No grains (No gluten)

Healthy biologically appropriate fibre

Full of vitamins, minerals, and protective phytonutrients