To put it bluntly, meat meal is rendered tissue (and a whole bunch of other stuff) that is cooked at a really high temperature that breaks down the healthy part of meats, like protein and amino acids. Basically, a person or a dog can’t digest them properly.
Rendering and Meat Meal
Rendering is the process of taking meat and meat byproducts, including condemned meats (as noted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website), and cooking them at high temperatures. This is then processed to separate grease from raw materials. This material is finely ground and the result is meat meal.
Vitamins and Minerals
When you read the label to a dog food and you see that the words “fortified with vitamins and minerals”, I’m sure your first reaction is a happy one. Understandably. However, most people don’t realize that these “fortified” foods contain raw ingredients that are so unwholesome that vitamins and minerals have been added to the food.
Dry dog food is especially problematic. The process of actually producing dry dog food is so intense, that manufacturers usually have to add vitamins and minerals back to the food, after it’s been cooked, in order to make it have any nutritional value whatsoever. In addition, the food is sprayed with fat that was removed during the rendering process in order to make it palatable for dogs to eat.
People Food and Your Dog
In an ideal world, there would be no such thing as “dog food” – everything would just be food. Like people, dogs require whole foods to provide the correct natural combination and balance of vitamins and minerals. Dry dog food didn’t exist 100 years ago, yet healthy dogs have been living on this planet for thousands of years!
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