What is Enzyme Robbing ?
By Dr. Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason
Dogs, being carnivores, do not have naturally occurring enzymes in their saliva to begin the digestion process in the mouth like omnivores or herbivores do.
When cooked/processed foods, grains or vegetables are fed to our carnivore companions, their stomachs immediately recognize that there are no enzymes present in what they just swallowed and that there is not enough naturally occurring enzymes in the stomach to break the food down. You see, heating or cooking raw ingredients at the temperature of 118 degrees for a few minutes completely destroys enzymes.
In an attempt to digest the “dead” food, the stomach sends out messages to the brain that then stimulates it to “send” enzymes from other parts of the body to the stomach to assist in digestion. Enzymes are then gathered (or “robbed”) from the heart, liver, kidneys and other parts of the body and transported to the stomach. While this process is taking place, the food sits in the stomach undigested while the various organs are being “robbed” of their enzymes in order to accomplish digestion. This process is called “enzyme robbing” because it steals the enzymes from other body organs, enzymes that these organs require to function correctly themselves.
Over time, depletion of enzymes can cause dysfunction and disease in the organs from which the enzymes were robbed. The “enzyme robbing” process does not happen when you feed raw (live)species-specific foods, i.e. meat, bones and organs. These raw carnivore specific foods contain their own enzymes and eliminates the need for the stomach to borrow or “rob” enzymes from other body organs to accomplish digestion.
A diet rich in raw animal parts provides a rich source of supplemental enzymes (as well as other dense nutrients) necessary for the continuing good health of our carnivore companions.
Dr. Ron Kennedy has stated the following: “Because of cooking, our digestive organs, especially the pancreas, are called upon to do the job of enzyme production alone. In a person who eats even a moderate percentage of cooked food, the pancreas is hypertrophied (overgrown) to two or three times its normal size (that size found in people who eat only raw food).
Animals in the wild eat raw food and their pancreases are approximately 1/3 the size of the typical human pancreas when corrected for body weight. Those animals are busy taking advantage of exogenous digestive enzymes contained in the raw food they eat.” http://www.medical-library.net/content/view/47/40/
It is this simple: if living enzymes can be derived from food sources, the body does not have to expend its precious energy making digestive enzymes in large quantity. It can utilize that energy in the process of living healthier and longer by concentrating its ability to make enzymes on the production of metabolic enzymes. This is important. If you do not understand this, read it again until you do.
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Revised Feb. 2016