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What is meat?

I wanted to start off with “What is offal?”, but if you understand what is meat, you will find it easier to understand what offal is.

First off, it is helpful to know that there are 3 types of muscle fibre.

  • Skeletal, which we normally think of as ‘meat’ and which themselves come in different types depending on their activities and the demands put upon them by the body. Type 1 are found around the neck and spine areas and type 2 are found in the limbs. They have different levels of blood and enzymes in them so it is probably better to have a mix of meats from different parts of different animals to prevent an overload or deficiency of specific nutrients. Chicken, pork and beef is around 17-23% protein, 3-19% fat and 55-70% water depending on how much fat has been trimmed off (lean meats contain more water). Trimmed beef and pork have similar fat levels to skinless chicken.
  • Smooth or intestinal, which we often give to our dogs as tripe (it is a part of the stomach). This muscle type is also found in blood vessels and other ducts and tubes. Tripe is around 12% protein, 4% fat and 85% water and lungs are 16% and 3% respectively and both are high in cholesterol. Offal, while it is fed in limited quantities (usually 10%), it has similar protein and fat levels to smooth muscle.
  • Cardiac, which is obviously found in the heart and is very similar to skeletal muscle. Ox heart is 18% protein and 4% fat and is also high in cholesterol. Cardiac muscle is also rich in blood which is also high in protein and low in fat.

As is becoming clear, protein is found in meat but not all protein is meat.

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Seaweed: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is well known as a source of iodine for healthy thyroid function as well as having more Calcium than is found in milk or meat. It is also rich in Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Phosphorus. The thyroid helps produce and regulate hormones and a malfunctioning one can result in fatigue, muscle weakness, high cholesterol, heart palpitations and impaired memory.
  • Maybe because it is low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol while being rich in protein and fibre to aid digestion and ease constipation. The alginates it contains can improve gut mucus to protect the intestinal wall, slow down digestion to make one feel full for longer and improve the levels of gut bacteria to get more out of the other foods you eat and to reduce wind.
  • Maybe because it is also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, and has more Vitamin C than oranges. It also has high levels of Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, alpha linoleic acid, EPA and Folate.
  • Maybe because it is rich in Polysaccharides which are important in the prevention of degenerative diseases including cardiovascular and diabetes 2. It also improves mood and so it is often used as a tonic following illness and to improve liver function.
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Parsnips: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because they are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes and a lowering of blood cholesterol. Diets that include plenty of high-fibre foods may also help prevent heart disease, hemorrhoids, obesity, stroke and diverticulitis. Several studies show that there’s a direct link between the consumption of fibre rich foods, such as parsnips, and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Maybe because, as with carrots, it contains many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties and offer protection from colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Maybe because, the roots are high in water soluble vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, respiratory tract, teeth, and gums. It also helps protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body, supporting antibacterial activity and regulating the immune system.
  • Maybe because they are rich in vitamin E (used to make red blood cells) and many B-complex groups of vitamins such as vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid and folates. Folate is needed for energy metabolism, the promotion of nervous system health and function and in the synthesis of DNA, RNA and red blood cells, lessens the risks of depression, heart disease and age-related vision and hearing loss. Folate is especially important during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects and may be associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Maybe because they have good levels of minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium is essential for skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle function and for the production and maintenance of bones. Regularly consuming potassium-rich foods can help lower the risk of stroke and high blood pressure.
  • Maybe because their manganese and vitamin K contents play an important role in the health of your bones. Manganese helps you produce sex hormones, while vitamin K is essential for blood clotting.
  • Maybe because they contain compounds that help regulate the immune response. Dendric cells play a key role in the regulation of the immune system and studies show that falcarindiol, found in parsnips, has the ability to stop dendritic (or immune) cells from reaching maturity. The ability to suppress the immune system gives parsnips great potential to be part of a new therapy for the treatment of autoimmune and allergic diseases.
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Almonds: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is a nutritionally dense food rich in B vitamins and essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium.
  • Maybe because it contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and phytosterols which have all been associated with cholesterol reducing properties.
  • Maybe because its levels of vitamin E, magnesium and flavonoids reduce ones heart attack risk and protect artery walls from damage.
  • Maybe because they contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity.
  • Maybe because they reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve immune function.
  • Maybe because it lowers the glycemic levels found in other foods and lessens the rise in blood sugar and insulin seen after eating.
  • Maybe because it can help prevent the formation of gallstones.
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Asparagus: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it fights cancer, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, anaemia and boosts the immune system due to it’s levels of the antioxidant vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, rutin, iron, glutathione, anti-inflammatory saponins and soluble fibre.
  • Maybe because it is low in calories, cholesterol, fat and sodium. It also has a high water content so 7g of dehydrated asparagus packs in as much nutrition as 100g of fresh asparagus.
  • Maybe because it is a mild diuretic and so helps to detoxify the body and combat cystitis.
  • Maybe because it contains the prebiotic inulin to stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, soothing the stomach and aiding digestion.
  • Maybe because it contains vitamins C and E to improve skin, coat and nails and chromium for energy.
  • Maybe because it is rich in so many different vitamins, amino acids and minerals eg vitamins B1, B2 B6 and K and calcium, magnesium, zinc, protein, beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, copper, manganese, pantothenic acid and selenium.
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Papaya: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it contains 212 amino acids and several enzymes, including those that aid digestion, discourage acid reflux, prevents infection, kills intestinal worms, controls dandruff, relieves IBS, repairs ulcers and reduces post surgery swelling.
  • Maybe because they contain an antioxidant which is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.
  • Maybe because they contain vitamin K which improves calcium absorption and bone development.
  • Maybe because foods rich in flavonoids combat asthma, cancers and degenerative diseases.
  • Maybe because its fibre has an impact on type 1 diabetes, lowers cholesterol, prevents constipation and fights heart disease
  • Maybe because of the vitamin A and C it has and which is needed for sebum production leading to a glossy coat.
  • Maybe because it is rich in choline – a versatile nutrient that aids sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. It is also needed for regulating nerve impulses, the absorption of fat and can help relieve arthritis pain, sports injuries and allergies.
  • Maybe that is why the Mayans called it the “Tree of Life”.
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Broccoli: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and these allow the body to regulate its own production of vitamin D.
  • Maybe because it contains many different phytocompounds that boost DNA repair in cells and help the body fight cancer and viral and bacterial infections.
  • Maybe because the fibre it contains detoxes the body, reduces cholesterol levels in diabetics and repairs capillary damage.
  • Maybe because it contains the same chemicals found in the eye and has been shown to impact some degenerative diseases.
  • Maybe because it is anti-inflammatory and reduces allergic reactions.
  • Maybe because it has an almost complete amino acid mix and is generally high in all the metal nutrients.

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Aniseed: Why is it in SmartBarf?

Our 12-year-old Lurcher, DJ
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  • Maybe because it freshens breath, reduces flatulence and nausea and stimulates an appetite.
  • Maybe because it aids nursing dogs with milk production.
  • Maybe because it relieves anxiety and nervousness and acts like ‘catnip’ for dogs.
  • Maybe because it has antimicrobial, antifungal and insecticidal properties.
  • Maybe because it a nutrient dense food that is a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper, and especially iron and manganese. Potassium helps control heart rate and blood pressure while copper is used in the production of red blood cells.
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Our ‘Finest’ SmartBarf ever!

As all good raw feeders know, vegetables need to be finely chopped in order that dogs can get the benefits of the nutrients contained in herbs, fruits and leafy greens. We have now invested in new equipment that allows us to use sieves with holes that are 33% smaller than before and so our dehydrated blend is finer than before….which means that our current blend is our ‘Finest’ SmartBarf ever!