Why One Woman Lived on Dog Food for 6 Days

Anne Kadet realized her dog's food would mesh with her Paleo diet
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2014 9:00 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Paleo for Cheap: Woman Lives on Dog Food for 6 Days
Dog food: a cheap dinner solution? Probably not, experts say.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Paleo dieter Anne Kadet was getting tired of the high prices of meat and produce, so she found another source of nutrients—one that certainly wasn't made with her in mind. "I couldn’t help notice that my dog’s high-end kibble—like my paleo diet—is high in protein, grain-free, and gluten-free," she writes at Ozy.com. Kadet ate dog food of all kinds for almost a week. Her meals featured kibble and wet food, with Milk-Bones for snacks. The results? Two pounds of weight loss and blood sugar on "the ultralow end of the ideal range—even better than when I was eating paleo."

As for the taste, the situation varies: Kibble is "dry and gritty," with "a nutty, slightly sour taste," and " halfway through the bowl, my jaw gets tired. " One canned meal tastes "metallic and disturbingly bland," while another is "delicious." And there's "an unforeseen upside to my new diet: The only dish I have to wash is my dog food bowl." Kadet finds that her "energy level is through the roof," but she hasn't stayed on the stuff. Experts inform her that dogs and humans need different amino acids, and dogs make their own vitamin C. Still, given the choice between dog food and a Kraft dinner, Kadet says she'd choose the former. Click for her full piece. (More dog food stories.)

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