Rump, fillet, fat-free chicken breast?
Paul from Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition discusses, on Smile FM, which meat is nutritious for our pets.
Living in Sea point Cape Town, I hear only too often: “I went to Woolies and bought only fat free chicken breasts for Lucy” or “my dog , Harold, only eats fillet”.
The popular cuts of meat that we enjoy in restaurants and at home may be tasty but they certainly are not as nutritious as organ meat, for example.
Dried kibble/pellet food contains almost no meat protein at all, so the type of meat used here, is of little concern. However, those wise persons producing their own meals for pets, should concern themselves the quality and type of meat that they include. A meat only diet is highly unnatural and unbalanced. Meat should form only a part of the over-all healthy diet, which should include bone, fruits, vegetables, offal and other supplements as well. Meat supplies protein – That is its major role in healthy nutrition. It also supplies varying amounts of fat, water, and some vitamins and minerals. Because it supplies fat and protein, it also supplies energy. Meat is first class protein and contains all the essential amino acids
Meat supplies some minerals – Raw meat is low in sodium and high in potassium. It also contains some calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Know your meat:
Know your offal:
In the wild, dogs eat the stomach content and organ meat from the animals they prey upon. Dogs consuming these foods as part of a sensible diet have superior health to dogs that do not eat them. Although organ meats are valuable dog food, they are not required in huge amounts. They are a concentrated source of many essential nutrients.
Is the most concentrated source of vitamin A and should be fed in small amounts on a regular basis. It also contains vitamins D, E, and K in substantial quantities. Liver is an excellent source of the minerals zinc, manganese, selenium and iron. It also contains all the B vitamins. Liver provides a source of good quality protein and the essential fatty acids, both the omega-3 and omega-6 type.
Kidney supplies good quality protein, essential fatty acids and many vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Kidneys are a rich source of iron and all the B vitamins. They also have good levels of zinc.
Excellent source of protein, B vitamins and iron. Heart contains appreciable levels of taurine which is important food… for the heart!
It contains a very diverse profile of living nutrients including enzymes, omega- 3 and 6 fatty acids, probiotics, and phytonutrients. It has long been quoted as being “the finest of natural foods”.