Let's look in a bit more detail at the food components that your dog and you could eat if you don't buy processed food. What about meat?
- Meat from healthy* animals is the only nutritionally complete food
- Only meat contains all the fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals in the right proportions that we and our dogs need to stay alive and healthy
- Moreover, only meat provides all of these nutrients in bioavailable form
- In fact, all the fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals in meat are the easiest forms to absorb - both for us and for our dogs
- Three essential vitamins even exist only in meat, not in plant foods at all: Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2
- Meat does not contain any anti-nutrients like cellulose, phytates, and tannins that interfere with digestion and absorption, and no natural toxic chemicals like sulforaphanes, glycoalkaloids, and lectins that interfere with our immune system
- Meat is the only food that our body and the dog's body can efficiently digest using own natural enzymes
- Meaning, when we eat healthy* meat, there is no need for intestinal bacteria to ferment the food, and thus no intestinal gas is being produced (fermentation complements digestion)
- Meat is naturally low in carbohydrates, meaning it is impossible to experience an insulin spike in the blood from eating meat
- Newest research shows that the saturated fats and cholesterol in meat actually aren't harmful but vital to health.
* This is not the case for unhealthy meat laden with antibiotics, steroids, and chemicals: Neither our body nor the dog's body can digest those. Part of what our intestinal bacteria cannot ferment exits our body with urine and feces, the other part is being absorbed in body cells and bones throughout life.
Dogs anyway don't ferment food like we do (food passes dogs' GI tract in about half the time), thus meat contaminations like antibiotics, steroids, and chemicals presumably accumulate in the dog's body much faster. Because it is unlikely that dogs secrete significantly more meat contaminants with urine and feces, hence more must accumulate in the body. This may contribute to the fact that our modern domesticated dogs die at a comparatively young age, despite having no natural preditors.
The above perfectly leads us to the Bad of eating and feeding meat:
- Livestock in the modern food chain must be kept alive and "healthy" by all means (to safeguard profit margins), and so large parts of the profession believe that antibiotics and steroids must be provided in the food at regular intervals as prophylaxis
- Lobbyists in the farming industry have achieved that a certain level of contamination with antibiotics and steroids in meat has become the legally accepted norm (that's why it says in the dairy cow inspection chart on the right "drugs in amounts over the legal limit")
- Similar to the breeding stock of unscrupulous dog breeders, farmers part of the modern food chain do not retire livestock that is sick, but call in the veterinarian to inject further medicaments with the goal to keep the livestock "productive" (while antibiotics and steroids are routinely given with the food, saving the expense of calling a veterinarian)
- Processed meat then gets further injections: not just harmless water to increase weight sold, but harmful preservatives to increase shelf life up to a week for "fresh" meat when chilled at 7 C / 44 F.
But all that is not all:
- Cows and sheep that are solely raised to get you a steak or filet on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet outdoors (grasses), but are being fed husks and mill sweep mixed with animal by-product waste from rendering plants (indoors, grass does not grow in hutches)
- Chickens that are solely raised to get you chicken breast or chicken wings or chicken legs on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet outdoors (grasses, insects, and worms), but also are being fed husks and mill sweep mixed with animal by-product waste from rendering plants (indoors any insects and worms are being eliminated with pesticides to keep the livestock "healthy")
- Turkeys that are solely raised to get you turkey breast or filet or the stuffed Thanksgiving meal on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet outdoors (grasses, insects, seeds, and small animals), but are being fed the same cheap rendering plant waste products as chickens (indoors in the hutches, seeds don't grow either and small animals are caught in traps)
- Ducks and Geese that are solely raised to get you a filling Sunday meal on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet outdoors (fish, grass, algae, insects, fruits, and nuts), but are being fed cheap rendering plant waste products not very different to what chickens and turkeys get (indoors and in the yard, fish, algae, fruits, and nuts don't grow either)
- Pigs that are solely raised to get you pork filet or pork chunks or hash on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet outdoors (grasses, root vegetables, fruits, nuts, insects, worms, and small animals), but are also being fed cheap rendering plant waste products (indoors and in the yard, root vegetables don't grow either and worms are extremely rare visitors)
- Finally, Fish species raised in fish farms solely to get you some farmed salmon, smoked salmon, canned tuna, tinned herring or whatever on the plate no longer feed on their natural diet in the water, but are being fed mill sweep and flour and worse.
As you can guess, none of this is a healthy diet for the livestock. If you are now wondering how on earth your diet or your dog's diet can be healthy under these circumstances, then you understood the problem of the modern food chain. That sets you apart: Food scientists, veterinarians, farmers, lobbyists, bureaucrats and politicians don't understand the problem of the modern food chain - else they would combine their powers to STOP this disaster for humanity!
What's for dinner?