Why Your Dog May Have a Better Balanced Diet than You

From the Show: CLEAN Food Network
Summary: Is it possible your pet is eating a healthier diet than you?
Air Date: 8/29/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND
Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND, is SVP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association representing mainstream ingredient suppliers and manufacturers of dietary supplements and functional food. In this capacity he reviews scientific studies relating to vitamins, minerals, nutrients and botanicals and other dietary supplements, as well as helps develop and implement self-regulatory guidelines for companies designed to encourage ingredient integrity, industry standards, and well-manufactured products.

Dr. MacKay is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and a practitioner and has been a co-owner (with his wife, also an ND) of a New Hampshire-based complementary and alternative medicine private practice for many years.

Dr. MacKay is a respected and active member of the scientific and regulatory nutrition communities in Washington, D.C. and nationally, having worked closely with the FDA, FTC, NIH (National Institutes of Health), NTP (National Toxicology Program), IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), ASN (American Society for Nutrition) and other scientific and regulatory bodies.

He is experienced in analyzing emerging research in pharmacology, nutrition, the health impact of dietary supplements and other issues pertinent to nutrition policy development. He has extensive experience pertaining to clinical development programs, product formulation, compliance issues, preparation and submission of review and monographs on nutritional ingredients. He is comfortable developing and delivering scientific lectures for health professionals as well as educating consumers about the science and practicalities of achieving sound nutrition.
Why Your Dog May Have a Better Balanced Diet than You
When you choose food for your pets, the considerations are very rational. You take a look at what veterinary science says is the best, and then you provide that food.

Your furry friends have very little choice in the matter. 

When you choose food for yourself, there are many more variables, such as convenience, taste, discipline, trends, and eating in social settings. As a human placed in certain situations, you're more likely to make poor choices and unhealthy compromises. 

Freshness and variety is a great concept, but you should also have a few go-to options that will provide essential nutrients (both micronutrients and macronutrients) and other compounds.

Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, ND, joins host Lisa Davis to explain why your pet may have a better diet than you and how you can meet your health goals, simply by slightly tweaking your choices.
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