At DOG'S LOVE, we deliberately opt for grain-free dog food. You can read more about why here. To make sure your four-legged omnivores get the optimum nutritional composition in their bowl, some DOG’S LOVE products contain so-called pseudocereals. Below, we'll explain why these plants are an excellent alternative to the often hard-to-digest cereals.
Pseudocereals are grains from plants that do not belong to the grass family. Grasses, i.e. true cereals, include wheat, rye, maize, rice and millet. The best-known pseudocereals include the two plants from the amaranth family, quinoa and amaranth, as well as the knotweed plant, buckwheat.
The ancient Greek word "pseudos" stood for a deception or a lie. Today, we use the prefix "pseudo-" when referring to something that is imitated or replicated. Pseudocereals pretend to be real cereals, so to speak. Their grains are almost identical to conventional cereals in terms of processing and nutrient content. However, they are free from gluten, which is known to cause major problems if you have a food allergy or intolerance.
Pseudocereals can provide important building blocks for a balanced diet through the composition of their macronutrients - i.e. proteins, fibre and fats. In addition, they are rich in calcium, magnesium and iron. As dogs are omnivores, their bodies rely on nutrients from a variety of sources. Gluten-free pseudocereals offer a healthy and more easily digestible option in contrast to real cereals.
At DOG'S LOVE, our food only contains products from organically certified production. This also applies to our pseudocereals.