Are you undecided about which direction to go with your formula?
With so many great options, it’s not hard to get lost in the selection process. Some have more of this, some have less of that, but the best way to take advantage of this variety is with a “balance over time” mindset. Try not to get hung up on any single ingredient or formula because with time, it all averages out.
On this page you will find a comparison of common foods, their nutrient densities, pH values and the BV score of various protein sources. These charts are not intended to reflect your best option, but to merely serve as a guide for those needing a solid foundation to build their formulas on.
Nutrient Dense Foods
Below is a list of some common food sources as measured by the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) scoring system. All values are ranked on a per calorie basis in descending order, therefore foods like Sweet Potatoes will appear lower on the list than leafy greens. This is in no way a ranking system used to determine the “best of the best” because all foods have different fluid, energy and nutrient contents affecting their position on the scale. Some are more beneficial for various reasons, but all healthy foods have their own merits and uses.
A dogs natural pH is approximately 6.5, depending on how its measured. The normal range for dogs is between 6-7. Above 7 is considered alkaline, below 6 is acidic, but either way can disrupt the pH balance and cause health issues to develop. As a meat based meal plan, choosing foods higher on the scale can be a great way to help regulate the natural pH balance of their diets. However, try not to get caught up in finding the perfect balance in your recipe because the body has it’s own way of regulating the pH fluctuations occurring within.
For those interested, here is a sampling of scores that will help you manage their acid-alkaline balance as you see fit.
Not all protein sources are created equal. Some are good, some are great and some not so great, for one reason or another. Additionally, not all are ideal for animal consumption and lose most, if not all, of their intended benefits when introduced into their system. When it comes to your pets, choosing animal protein vs plant protein will give you the best results every time. The numbers still add up and may look good on the label, but often times offer little to no benefit aside from cost reduction. Choosing proteins with a higher Biological Value (BV) will allow your pets to get the most from their diets. When you look at the big picture and not the one pet food manufacturers painted, the results may surprise you.
BV score and effective comparison of common protein sources
*This list is intended only to compare common protein sources and their digestibility, efficiency and utilization ratings. In yellow, you will see the highest score in each category, with light yellow being second. Notice, if you will, that even though Whey protein has the highest BV score, all others belong to Egg protein. Food for thought.
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