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Pet Food healthy for me too??

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Created June 01, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I stumbled upon a pet food product that actually sounds quite healthy. Is contains 65% lean ground beef which makes up 90% of the product. It also has 5% beef heart and 5% beef liver. The meat is all grass fed. Would this product be safe to consume? I don't see any problem with it. It seems even healthier than just my regular ground beef and cheaper!

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on June 03, 2010
at 02:35 AM

It's also much more acidic than ours.

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on June 01, 2010
at 09:03 PM

...and this is the only reason I'd be wary to try it. Not that the meat itself isn't a quality product.

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on June 01, 2010
at 07:53 PM

Okay maybe not super crazy, but still. A pet food product, as pfw points out, is not the same thing as a human food product. I think the standards for human "food products" are already dubious at times anyway.

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on June 01, 2010
at 07:48 PM

There's a difference between getting some bacteria from things you grow in your backyard vs. getting bacteria from industrially produced stuff.

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:31 PM

He's probably talking about this: http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/id77.htm which is literally just various pieces of a cow ground up into burger.

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:30 PM

It is a real food! It's not processed or anything. It comes frozen in 1lbs. packages! It appears to be extremely healthy to me. I emailed the company about the safety of eating it and they said "The package is labeled pet food only since the lean to fat ratio is 65:35 which is against USDA rules for human consumption"...here is the link! http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=879 It's only $3.59/lb, I'm so tempted to try it!!

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:27 PM

And I mean "crazy" in an amused, affectionate way. =) But really, people?!

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:25 PM

You. People. Are. Crazy. Just eat real food, not food products. Feed your dogs real food, too. Just because it contains great ingredients doesn't mean it's not processed in some weird way.

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:21 PM

Sounds legit. Do you have a link to the product?

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4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:30 PM

Google Lex Rooker and spend the couple hours necessary to read his journal. It sounds very much like you're about to buy and eat Slankers Pet Food. He eats it raw and has for a couple years without major issues. He does talk about getting loose stools on occasion, and I recall him discovering that one such incident was correlated with Slankers changing meat processors.

A link to the pet food I'm talking about for those interested: http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/id77.htm

Now the disclaimer: FOOD INTENDED FOR PETS IS NOT REQUIRED TO MEET HUMAN CONSUMPTION STANDARDS. If you decide to eat something labeled as pet food, you are not consuming a product which has been vetted the same way as something labeled as human food. It's all at your own risk.

Also, I have never eaten Slankers Pet Food, though I did order some eye round/suet for pemmican from them.

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on June 01, 2010
at 06:24 PM

There are cleanliness and purity standards required for the production of any type of food. These standards differ between pet foods and people foods. Some contaminants that might be deemed okay for pets (yes, even in grass-fed meats) might not be allowed in people food, and the procedures used to ensure cleanliness while packing the food could be different as well.

When you consider that processed foods can already be bad for us, and that the regulatory agencies do a crappy job of keeping even people foods clean and pure, I'd be quite skeptical as to whether they actually are able to ensure a good job with pet foods.

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on June 01, 2010
at 09:03 PM

...and this is the only reason I'd be wary to try it. Not that the meat itself isn't a quality product.

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on June 02, 2010
at 02:07 PM

Dogs have a much shorter intestinal tract and are therefore less likely to experience food poisoning

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on June 03, 2010
at 02:35 AM

It's also much more acidic than ours.

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on June 01, 2010
at 09:39 PM

Most of the world can only wish for a product as nutritious and clean as the dog food mentioned above. Has anyone noticed that "gratitude" is sorely missing in the Paleo world?

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on June 01, 2010
at 07:40 PM

I am quite sure that our paleo ancestors didn't meet modern food hygiene standards either - probably got some good gut flora from it too!

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on June 01, 2010
at 07:48 PM

There's a difference between getting some bacteria from things you grow in your backyard vs. getting bacteria from industrially produced stuff.

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on June 03, 2010
at 02:39 AM

Be careful. I feed my dog Bravo brand dog food, which is paleo for him. In addition to organs it also contains bones, finely ground. As stated by Thor, dogs have much shorter digestive tracts than we do. I don't think this food would be safe for a human, and it might even be less safe if it's cooked, because of the (presumably) jagged little bone particles.

Raw feeders call this BARF - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food...

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at 02:44 AM

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