Is Unhealthy For My Dog?
Have you ever read through the ingredients in your dog food and noticed an ingredient called “meat meal”? It could come in different forms, such as meat and bone meal, animal by-product meat meal, chicken meat meal, and many others.
Many people see these ingredients and automatically assume that they are low-quality ingredients—less healthy than real, whole meat. But is that actually true? In many cases, the truth is the exact opposite: that a high-quality meat meal can be MORE nutritious than whole meat.
How can that be, you wonder? Well, let’s start by recognising one little-known fact…
Whole Meat Is 70% Water!
We tend to assume that whole meat is the best source of protein there is. But as you can see in this chart, whole chicken consists of 70% water by weight and just 18% protein.
This makes sense, after all. Our bodies are made of about 70% water…so it makes sense that real, whole meat would be too. This is where high-quality meat meal can actually prove to be an even better source of nutrition for your dog than whole meat.
Meat Meal Is 65% Protein!
Meat meal is mead through a process called “rendering.” In this process, the meat is cooked until all the excess water evaporates, leaving you with highly concentrated protein.
Whereas whole chicken has roughly 70% water and 18% protein, chicken meal flips that ratio on its head—it contains just 10% water and a whopping 65% protein!
In other words, meat meal contains nearly 300% more protein than whole meat.
While meat meal does have more protein, that’s not the end of the story.
Some varieties of meat meal are extremely high-quality, giving your dog a dense source of nutritious, natural protein, while other types of meat meal are made up of waste materials including animal heads, hooves, bones, and other waste that you would NOT want your dog to eat.
The bottom line is: a meat meal can only be as healthy as the ingredients that were used to make it.
- Animal meal or Animal by-product meal
- Meat meal or Meat by-product meal
- Chicken by-product meal
- Meat and bone meal
- Chicken meal
- Beef meal
- Turkey meal
- Lamb meal
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