What our pets eat is obviously important to their health. But the diet of the animals whose bodies were made into pet food is also important.
The ways in which the majority of cows are fed today have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef and the quality of raw pet food.
Today most cattle are raised in ‘factory farms’ where the feed consists of grain and/or corn by-products.
The environmental setting of factory farming is far from ideal for providing healthy pet food as the primary goal of factory farming is to bring the cows up to target weight as soon as possible so that they can be slaughtered and sold for profit.
However, the natural diet of cattle is much different.
Their species appropriate diet is grass. Earlier in the history of livestock farming, cows roamed free and ate grass, not corn, soy, barley, other grains and still other questionable feeds.
Generally speaking, grass fed cows eat mainly grass, while grain fed cows eat mainly an unnatural diet based on corn, soy, etc. during the latter part of their lives.
Grass Fed Beef is better because…
1.) It is an important source of CLA or conjugated linoleic acid.
CLA is a very powerful fatty acid that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, asthma, inflammation, diabetes, food induced allergic reactions, and a number of immune disorders. Some of the best possible sources of CLA are grass fed beef and raw diary products that come from grass fed cattle. The CLA content is three to five times greater than those fed grain-based diets.
2.) It has a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
In grass fed cattle, the balance is very close to the ideal 2 to 1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats.
Grain-fed cattle have a different body composition. Studies on grain fed cattle found the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was between 5-to-1 and 13-to-1. This ratio is far from the ideal ratio of 2 to 1! This higher ratio influences the nutritional balance of your pet food and your pet’s health.
The result of imbalanced fats in pet food lead to inflammation in their body. The results can range from temporary discomfort like itchiness to more serious matters like increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, allergies, depression, obesity and autoimmune disorders. Consuming the right quality, quantities and balance of fats is important for your pet’s overall health.
3.) It has a higher quality food due to the absence of toxins.
Livestock raised on factory farms may be exposed to heavy metals and pesticides from their grain-based diet. Sometimes hormones and antibiotics are given to these animals. Inevitably, some of these toxins can enter the food system when the animal is slaughtered. Feeding meats that are hormone-free and antibiotic-free is a better choice.
There are many health problems associated with factory farming cattle. If you want to know more about this topic, visit www.eatwild.com.
4.) It is higher in beta carotene, the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin and vitamin E.
5.) It is lower in total fat but higher in total omega-3s
6.) It is higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Food for thought - Did you know?
Beef labeled as ‘organic’ is not always grass fed. Sometimes certified organic beef is misunderstood to be grass fed; it is not necessarily so.
Beef products that are considered to be ‘organic’ can come from animals being fed organic grains, especially corn. Although organic grain fed beef is an improvement, the quality will still be impacted by the points mentioned above.
Don’t be fooled – know the source and quality of your ingredients!
Quality, it's our no. 1 ingredient!
Furchild uses the finest, natural ingredients and we prepare them according to strict food safety standards. In both of our Meals for Dogs and Meals for Cats, we use grass fed beef sourced responsibly from New Zealand. And we refuse to add any unhealthy ingredients.
Furthermore, all of our organic vegetables and sustainably sourced ingredients are ‘human-grade’, meaning they are good enough for two and four-legged members of the family. In contrast many conventionally manufactured dog or cat food products are toxic to humans. Yuck!
Thankfully, the days of feeding toxins and poor quality pet food are finally over.
Now what are you waiting for? It's time to feed your pet the best quality pet food available today!