We’ve all likely read that highly (or ultra) processed foods are generally not healthful for us and that we should reduce the amount included in our diet. Kibble is a highly processed food and for many pets, it constitutes nearly 100% of their diet.
Cancer researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are studying whether kibble, specifically advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the food, are contributing to cancer growth in dogs.
AGEs are proteins and fats that go through a chemical alteration called glycation when they are exposed to sugars. […]
AGEs are harmful oxidative compounds that over time accumulate in tissues, causing stress and inflammation, and in turn increase the risk of developing diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.https://web.musc.edu/about/news-center/2021/10/08/hollings-researchers-studying-whether-popular-dog-foods-are-causing-cancer
Estimating that AGEs in kibble are 100 times greater than AGEs in human food, researchers believe that eating kibble has negatively impacted the health of dogs. They plan to follow owned dogs over the course of their lifetimes as well as using mice in the study. Testing began in July to determine the amount of AGEs in hundreds of brands of kibble. Researchers intend to publish the list when testing is complete.