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Find out the benefits of giving REAL CHICKEN vs CHICKEN MEAL.
All dogs have evolved from wolves thousands of years ago and are guided by their natural ancestral diet. They have smaller digestive tracts and a lot of acid in their stomachs making it the perfect system that is suitable to breaking down meat. For both these reasons, they are predominantly carnivores.
Chicken makes an excellent substitute for red meat. A great source of protein, chicken has been linked to a variety of health benefits discussed below.
Stronger bones and muscles
Chicken’s lean protein is a fantastic source of amino acids. Amino acids are used by our pets to create muscular tissue, which are especially crucial as they age. According to studies, increased protein consumption has been linked to maintaining bone mineral density. Consuming chicken can lower their chances of injuries and diseases like osteoporosis by promoting healthier bones and stronger muscles.
Weight management and supporting heart health
Meals high in protein can help pets feel satiated over longer periods of time, which also supports healthier weight management. Optimum weight level reduces the risk of heart diseases like high blood pressure, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Chicken which is a protein-rich food, can assist with weight management and lower the risk of heart diseases.
Provides essential minerals and amino acids
Chicken contains glucosamine and all the essential amino acids which are required to keep your pet healthy. Glucosamine assists and supports bone health in dogs and even help them to build lean muscles.
Rich in nutrition
Chicken is made up of high-quality protein and doesn’t contain much fat — especially in the case of lean cuts. Beyond its rich protein content, chicken also contains vitamin B12, tryptophan, choline, zinc, iron, and copper
What are the benefits of feeding real chicken to your pet?
Lean meats like chicken can be quite beneficial for your pet. It’s one of the most liked and widely accessible meats that can be included in your pet’s diet. Providing your pet with a solid source of energy, it can even help them reach their daily calorie goal. Most dogs enjoy chicken and is one of the easiest proteins to digest. Easy to find and inexpensive, it makes a great constituent of pet food.
What is chicken by-product meal in dog food?
Chicken meal is a powder-like substance made from leftover chicken parts and by-products. Essentially, animal by-products are parts of meat left after removing what is safe for human consumption. In other words, the parts we don’t want to use in our own food are used as the main ingredient in pet foods.
How is Chicken Meal made?
The source of the chicken meal is the most critical factor. Typically, chicken meal is made from the skin and bone of the chicken but can also include meat and other parts of the animal such as the neck, feet and intestine. It’s important to note that the parts used in chicken meal are not fit for human consumption. In some cases, the chicken meal ingredient is sourced from 4D meat, i.e., meat from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals. In such cases a whole new set of significant concerns come into play including the potential presence of foreign objects or dangerous levels of pharmaceuticals.
The manufacturer saves money, but the real cost is the introduction of inferior ingredients to your pet’s diet, negatively impacting their overall health. In the chicken meal process, the parts are dehydrated and cooked at high temperatures for long periods of time. This process is referred to as rendering and separates the fat and removes water to create a concentrated protein powder that resembles corn meal, hence the term ‘meal’.
Is chicken meal bad for your pet?
While chicken meal is an approved source of protein in pet food, it does have certain downfalls.
- Digestibility: Instead of using chicken meal, pills, or powder supplements, the healthiest option is for dogs to digest and absorb vital vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in their natural state. 4D meats are UNFIT for human consumption because they come from 4D animals. Any natural vitamins or nutrients that are left are destroyed during the rendering process.
- Artificial Nutrition: It is difficult to digest artificial nutrients. Although the chicken meal is acknowledged as an acceptable source of protein in pet food, it is unknown what exactly pets are capable of digesting and utilizing.
- Not a whole food ingredient: The key to optimum nutrition, healthier bodies, lustrous coats, and good stool quality is digestibility.