More than 95% of pets get their nutritional needs from a single source – processed pet foods. The more you process food and expose it to high heat, the less nutritious it becomes.
In fact, high heat has been shown to destroy key vitamins including vitamins A, E, and B group. (impact Proline, Total Lysine, omega 3 and 6 and 9). It also denatures protein and destroys connective tissue and essential amino acids, which are the building block of muscle. This results in lower quality collagen, reduced protein and lower nutrition quality.
Look at the difference between Humankind® chicken as compared to chicken meal. Our USDA inspected human quality chicken achieves a 48% increase in protein efficiency ratio compared to chicken by-product meal that is commonly used in dog food. This means more protein is available for use by your pet because of better digestion and absorption.
You can also see that Net protein retention by Humankind® chicken was 35% higher than chicken meal versus human quality chicken meat. This means, our gently prepared food provides more high quality protein that is used by your pet’s body for important metabolic processes compared to food made with heavily processed chicken meal.
Some scientists believe that this denaturing of protein in kibble is a contributing factor for food allergies. Research shows the immune system may not recognize the altered protein structure. This may explain why pets allergic to a particular meat-based dry food often times have no problem eating that same meat in whole, raw form.