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Montmorillonite Clay??

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Nature's Variety cat and dog food has montmorillonite clay pretty high on the ingredients list. Does anyone know what that is or why they would put it in the food? Isn't clay harmful if digested?
post #2 of 5
I have worndered that myself since I use it as a toxin remover in the garden.. it must not be harmful as I would think any company would use a harmful thing in the food.. I have heard it helps with toxins being removed from the body but found that not a clear answer
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According to Nature's Logic pet foods, this is what it is:

What is “montmorillonite�
The montmorillonite used in Nature’s Logic’s products is a natural source of mined colloidal trace mineral clay which contains over 50 mineral compounds. The area where this product is mined is a result of volcanic ash being deposited into inland sea waters.
This product is approved for inclusion into USDA Organic Certified products. Reported benefits from including this form of montmorillonite clay into animal feeds have been the binding of aflatoxins, lowered somatic cell counts by dairymen, improved weight gain, better utilization of food, glossier hair coat and improved hoof condition in horses.

A research department at Texas A & M University has conducted preliminary testing of montmorillonite. Initial results were positive for sequestering aflatoxins, but they indicated further study was needed.

Nature’s Logic’s products derive all nutrients from 100% food and other natural ingredients without the inclusion of chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or trace nutrients.
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Originally Posted by Apric0t
According to Nature's Logic pet foods, this is what it is:

What is “montmorillonite�
The montmorillonite used in Nature’s Logic’s products is a natural source of mined colloidal trace mineral clay which contains over 50 mineral compounds. The area where this product is mined is a result of volcanic ash being deposited into inland sea waters.
This product is approved for inclusion into USDA Organic Certified products. Reported benefits from including this form of montmorillonite clay into animal feeds have been the binding of aflatoxins, lowered somatic cell counts by dairymen, improved weight gain, better utilization of food, glossier hair coat and improved hoof condition in horses.

A research department at Texas A & M University has conducted preliminary testing of montmorillonite. Initial results were positive for sequestering aflatoxins, but they indicated further study was needed.

Nature’s Logic’s products derive all nutrients from 100% food and other natural ingredients without the inclusion of chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or trace nutrients.
Interesting...So if I am feding a horse it has lots of benifits..lol.. but for those feeding a grain free diet some minerals from a well non wild source... IE dog aint eating volcanic ash..
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Well wikipedia says it absorbs water and swells with the water so it is used in oil drilling to keep it slurry - it prevents caking in the cat food. I don't think that sounds good to me - you aren't supposed to feed yeast to animals because it absorbs all their moisture and expands and could injure their organs - it sounds like this clay does the same thing. Like clay used in kitty litter. Plus the article says its basically dirt from the earth and can be contaminated with dioxin which Nature's Logic doesn't deny in its own website. This is another stupid ingredient to avoid and ruins what could be a decent food - at least their limited ingredient turkey & duck. The grain free also has too many stupid ingredients like veggies they don't need and can't absorb and cranberries which contains benzoic acid which is toxic as is the rosemary and yucca plant. Natures' instiinct is just another really expensive food with dangerous ingredients in it.

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