The Debate On Kibble

I have received some comments on my most recent blog post, “Kibble is Dead Food.” It is quite exciting to see that there are readers that are not only passionate about their animals, but they are interested in hearing my thoughts on pet health and nutrition. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with our readers and BARF® believers. I would like to commend you for sending us your comments and feedback regarding this blog. Your comments are valid and typically what I hear as a response to my knowledge in pet food.

Robert Mueller · December 31, 2019

The Debate On Kibble

I have received some comments on my most recent blog post, “Kibble is Dead Food.” It is quite exciting to see that there are readers that are not only passionate about their animals, but they are interested in hearing my thoughts on pet health and nutrition. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with our readers and BARF® believers. I would like to commend you for sending us your comments and feedback regarding this blog. Your comments are valid and typically what I hear as a response to my knowledge in pet food.

Many people do not have a clear understanding of the philosophy of feeding a raw food diet. Therefore, it may be difficult to understand my definition of a “dead food,” being fed to dogs and cats. This reference refers to the fact that ALL kibble diets have been severely heat processed. This high temperature process effectively kills harmful bacteria but reduces the nutritional value and the outcome is a severe decrease in nutritional adequacy. (Thus being called dead). The heat process radically changes the protein structure that mother-nature designed and as such alters the digestibility of the diet. The significant effect of this heat processing affects diet utilization, palatability. and nutritional balance of ingredients. There are some kibble diets that potentially are not sprayed with fat sprays. The ones that do not use a spray, you might consider to be more nutritionally complete because they are adding less supplements to make a complete and balanced food.

I personally believe that there is no such thing as a high quality kibble and that is mainly because of the fact that all kibble diets are extruded in a high heat application. Any diet that is highly heat processed will destroy the essential enzyme content at 118 degrees F. This same heat process affects a meat diet that is highly heat processed as well. The reason that I feel our diet is superior to any form of kibble is because of the poor quality ingredient base that the plant protein base provides in kibble. This difference is an advantage to our products because an animal protein base provides the most biologically appropriate protein source for a carnivore. Manufacturers of low cost kibble diets contain rendered animal parts in order to produce a lower cost product. The rendered product used in the diet is called bone meal. Any dog food label containing this ingredient is a diet that has been made from deceased pets and zoo animals in large numbers. 

If the concern is to provide a safe food to your dog or cat, then the New Modernization Act proposed by the FDA is requiring all pet food manufacturers to produce a diet that has zero tolerance for bacterial contamination. The new regulations will be forcing all pet food manufacturers to comply with the new regulations and this will standardize the industry and make all raw diets safe for the consumer. The FDA has proposed new rules for making pet food so it is safer bacterially than human food. The chicken that you buy at the local food store has a much higher degree of bacterial contamination than our bag of raw pet food. You can potentially expose your family to a higher incidence of salmonella, e-coli, or listeria when preparing the chicken from your local grocery store, on your kitchen counter. All raw foods may differ in ingredient base, and processing standards. It is important to find a kibble that it is a good one and this can be a challenge because I have yet to find a product that is, “a good one.” I do also agree that not all dogs do well on a raw diet. With my 44 years of experience of selling biologically appropriate raw food, it is my personal belief that well over 90% of our customers are nutritionally rewarded with a higher nutritionally adequate diet for their pets. In 90 days, I can most generally show the customer a noticeable difference in the animals' general health and well-being. A change in a kibble based diet will not make a difference generally.

I hope I have shared opposing opinions on the philosophy of raw feeding, in a way that may make you more comfortable to feed according to our philosophy. Give the BARF Diet® a try.

Raw Food Tip:

When a dog receives fresh or frozen raw meaty bones in his diet (once a week is good) it’s like us eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away.  Your pet will definitely have fewer visits to the vet for health concerns. 

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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