Meat vs Meal
Real beef, poultry, lamb and fish vs. meals—what’s the difference?
Rendered meals such as chicken and fish often show up when you check the ingredients listings on many pet foods. Meat, poultry and fish meals are commonly used by pet food companies as a protein source. These meals are referred to as “denatured” or “rendered” because they are a byproduct of the oil rendering process.
In contrast, Spring Naturals uses real meat, poultry or fish without a trace of meals or by-products, plus whole chickpeas, green peas and eggs for additional sources of protein. Because the proteins in our products are intact (not rendered), additional binding agents such as corn, wheat, soy, tapioca, white rice, brown rice or potato starch aren’t necessary to hold the dry kibble together.
Since dry pet foods with a high meal content require these binding agents, they tend to be high in simple carbohydrates and starches which your pet’s metabolism converts rapidly into glucose. A diet such as this can be unhealthy for your pet because the higher the carbs, the higher the glycemic index.
A food’s glycemic index refers to how quickly the ingredients are broken down and released into the pet’s blood. Foods with high glycemic index ingredients cause a sharp spike in blood glucose levels immediately after eating. Unless that extra energy can be put to use, it simply isn’t healthy for your pets.
Over-elevated blood glucose levels are linked to an increased risk of epilepsy, hypothyroidism, allergies, yeast infections, cancer and diabetes, according to the Glycemic Research Institute. For pet parents, this should be a cause for concern, since it is estimated that one in every 500 dogs suffers from diabetes.