Originally Posted by KrystalLeigh
If you look at it just from a common sense perspective, raw foods and processed foods don't digest any different for humans.... I'm sure dogs, who have a much stronger GI tract than we do, would be able to process them fine.
Actually, raw foods (at least vegetables, I can't say that I've ever tested the theory with raw meats on myself) digest MUCH faster than cooked foods. This is because they are far easier to digest. Cooking foods changes them on a cellular level. Have you ever eaten a meal of just raw vegetables or fruit? How long did it take until you were hungry again?
Carbs and proteins also digest at different speeds. Carbs digest much more slowly (which is why you feel fuller longer when you eat a hamburger with a bun, as opposed to just a plain burger, for instance -- even the cheap, crappy white bread will digest more slowly than meat). Then you also have to take into account whether it's a simple carb or a complex one, and blah blah, yipp-a-dee-doo-dah.
Add in the fact that dogs have a completely
different digestive system, designed to process raw meats very effectively and carbs not so much, and we're talking almost a-whole-nother ball game.