amazing eggs! 6 reasons why we include them in our recipes
Eggs are truly amazing. An excellent source of nutrition for us humans and so versatile in the kitchen! But this also applies to our cats and dogs.
We use dried whole egg in our pet food recipes (as the powdered ingredient is more easily incorporated into the recipes) and here is why:
1. The yolk is a good fat source, whilst egg whites contain the purest, most ‘bioavailable’ form of protein found in whole foods.
2. Eggs are a valuable source of vitamins and minerals. They are rich in riboflavin and phosphorus and contain choline, lutein, zenxanthin, folate, B6 vitamins, vitamin A and zinc. They also include antioxidants like vitamin E and are one of the few foods to contain vitamin D.
3. Using egg in combination with meat or fish ensures that our pet foods have an excellent amino acid profile. Amino acids are the ‘building blocks’ of protein and they have many vital structural and functional roles within the body. Although cats and dogs are capable of producing some of the amino acids they require themselves, others which they cannot must be supplied via diet.
4. Egg is a very safe ingredient. Some people have concerns about egg because the whites contain a protein substance called avidin which binds to biotin (one of the B vitamins). The yolks however contain a high concentration of biotin that negates this problem!
5. Cooking eggs reduces the binding effect of avidin, and this is another reason why whole egg in extruded pet foods is a very safe ingredient.
6. The egg in the Arden Grange recipes is from barn-reared chickens (certified hatchery free).
Although very well tolerated by most pets, some may have an allergy to egg. If so, our pork & rice dry dog food and Partners wet food for cats and dogs may be suitable, as these products do not include it.
If you are curious about any of the other fabulous ingredients in our recipes and why we include them, please contact us.