So What's the Big Deal About TRIPE!???
Okay.. I shall tell you. I KNOW you want to be informed on this one. The picture shows GREEN tripe.. which is most beneficial to your little carnivores! Grocery stores carry the bleached or white tripe which is used in many foods around the world.
Green tripe is the untreated contents of a grazing animal's stomach or intestines. It may sound disgusting, but this food is highly nutritious, containing plenty of enzymes, good bacteria, and nutrients that are excellent for your pet's health. It's also a very natural part of both dogs and cats' ancestral diets.
SOOOO What's the breakdown on nutrition? Here's the lowdown on this tripe caper!! Here's what you should know:
Green Tripe is high in protein. 70% of this protein has 7 amino acids, which perform essential functions in your pet’s body, including building muscle and enhancing all system functioning from immune response to tissue repair to urinary tract health.
Raw Green Tripe contains high amounts of lactobacillus acidophilus, a healthy probiotic. The beneficial bacteria in your pet’s body, probiotics compete with harmful bacteria – like e-coli, listeria, and salmonella – for the same resources. Probiotics keep bad bacteria from overtaking your pet’s digestive system and making your pet sick. Acidophilus is naturally found in animal intestines, including your own and your dog or cat’s. By including acidophilus in your pet’s diet, you increase the amount of good bacteria that lives within your pet’s digestive system, promoting healthy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption.
Raw Green Tripe contains digestive enzymes. Why does this matter? Natural enzymes aid the digestive process by facilitating the breakdown of food into nutrients. The more digestive enzymes available, the more vitamins, minerals, and usable energy your pet will be able to receive from food.
Natural Vitamins and Minerals
Green Tripe also contains partially-digested greens, which unlock nutrients that may have been unavailable if your dog or cat simply ate the grass that the cow (or other grazing animal) did. Herbivores such as cows and sheep have different digestive enzymes in their bodies for digesting the things that they normally eat – grasses, for instance. Your pet, primarily a carnivore, has different digestive enzymes for digesting raw meat, such as they would in the wild. By including partially digested roughage in your pet’s diet, you give them more usable nutrients for their system. These vitamins and minerals would be hard for them to get in any other way.
But what about added vitamins and minerals? True, processed foods do include vitamins and minerals, even naturally-derived ones, but studies still show that consuming natural food sources for these are more beneficial than eating them isolated in the form of added vitamins. Your pet’s body seems to absorb these naturally-occurring vitamins better. http://www.healthresearch.com/vitamins.htm
Calcium and Phosphorus
Green Tripe has a nearly perfect calcium to phosphorus ratio, as well as an optimal ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids, making it nutritionally balanced. Green tripe is also acidic in pH, making it easier for your pet to digest – perfect for sensitive stomachs (though the smell might turn yours).
Green Tripe is high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, nearly 50% of the total fat in tripe is unsaturated. These fats provide quality, long-term energy and increase healthy HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
OH!!! Did I mention that sometimes it has a rather distinctive aroma? In some forms, it can be quite odoriferous!!! (In the kibble dog food, you can hardly smell it at all!!) BUT OHHHHHHHHHH do dogs love love love it!
That's it for now. At GoodDog, we are always looking for ways to help keep your pet healthy. So many pets have stomach and digestive issues and tripe is a very good additive to any dog or cat's diet. Do we have tripe at GoodDog? YES WE DO!!! We have it in cans, freeze dried tripe and in some of our foods. We'd be happy to talk to you about it. You have the details on why it is good. We hope you will think about incorporating some into your pet's diet.