BENEFITS OF RAW FOOD
Nature Does It Best! Raw Food Benefits
Heat processing, which is standard in the pet food industry, changes or
destroys many important nutrients. In fact, some nutrients now
recognized as essential have only been identified in the last few years.
Doesn’t it make sense to stay as close to food’s natural state as
Many pet owners have been convinced that so-called corrective diets (a
special regimen for allergy, digestive troubles, obesity, etc.) are the
best way to improve health problems. They may help certain symptoms
simply by providing a change, but may not treat underlying causes. By
feeding your pet a diet rich in raw foods, you’re letting nature provide
the best - naturally balanced - nutrition.
Some of the Benefits of Raw Foods
· minerals better assimilated
· vitamins more bioavailable
· beneficial antioxidants present
· amino acids more bioavailable
· natural digestive enzymes still present
· probiotics spared
· amino acids such as taurine are not destroyed
Some of the Negative Effects of Heat Processing
· loss of up to 100% of certain vitamins
· loss of up to 60% of certain amino acids
· enzymes destroyed
· probiotics destroyed
· loss of up to 10% of certain fatty acids
· fats can become toxic or rancid
· oxidation of cholesterol
Frequently Asked Questions
Raw Food Questions
Why is a raw food diet better than a commercial food?
Raw food diets contain proteins, essential amino acids, and those
valuable enzymes that are destroyed in the manufacturing process. Any
temperature over 117-118 degrees Fahrenheit will break down valuable
nutrients in food products.
Are there special precautions when feeding a raw food diet?
Good hygiene should always be practiced. Always clean and disinfect
working surfaces, utensils and food bowls. Wash your hands after
How do I start my pet on a raw food diet?
It is always a good idea to start out slowly on a new diet with any pet.
Slowly increase the amount of new food being added to the present diet
over a period of 3-4 weeks. If any digestive upset or loose stool occur,
make this transition more gradual. It is a good idea to allow your pet’s
digestive system to calm down and return to normal before proceeding.
There is no need to rush this transition.
How much do I feed my pet?
How much you feed your pet is affected by factors like weight, actvity
level and type of food you are feeding. For feeding information based
on your pet's weight and activity level.
What is ash? Should I be concerned about the ash content in
First of all, ash is the inorganic mineral portion of any substance. When
referring to dog and cat food, "ash content" is the mineral matter,
including magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and copper. The ash
analysis does not reveal the percentage of each mineral, therefore it
does not tell much about the food. It also does not tell much about the
food's contribution to urinary tract infections, such as Feline Urological
Syndrome (FUS). The latest findings show that urinary tract trouble
occurs when the urine becomes too alkaline. So, some commercial
foods now add extra acid. There are side effects from use of these
acid formulations, however, and all they do is cover up the problem
instead of curing it.
If ash isn't the problem, then what is? How do I prevent
urinary tract problems?
There is much proof that feeding an obligate carnivore primarily a
grain-based dry diet can contribute more to a urinary stone problem
than any other single factor. The long-term dehydration that occurs
causes concentrated urine and places considerable strain on the
kidneys. Feeding poor-quality food to pets results in toxicity and an
excessive elimination load on the lining of the urinary system.
By contrast, a diet of meat, bones, and organs contains a mineral
content - or ash content - that is not synthetic or artificial. When a
whole food substance is ingested, the animal has a very slim chance of
developing a mineral imbalance. Taking in nutrients as they occur in
their natural state or as a whole food source will prevent the animal
from concentrating minerals or vitamins, thus causing health issues.
Rotate for Variety and Health!
Maintaining good health and reducing the risk of disease has a lot to do
with feeding a wholesome, variety diet. The complete line of Nature’s
Variety Prairie Brand products provides a convenient way for pet
guardians to rotate pets with:
Meat-based kibble diets enrobed with Bio-Coating™
Canned foods made with 95% muscle and organ meat
Frozen or freeze dried diets made with 95% muscle and organ meat
and ground raw meaty bones
Counter quality natural meat and bone treats
The rotation regimen can play a role in building a healthier immune
system, promoting dental health and addressing many common health
concerns such as food intolerance, obesity, allergies, digestive problems
and diabetes, some of which have been linked to continuous
consumption of carbohydrate-based diets only.
Because of the known benefits of raw, unprocessed foods and the
known negative effects of heat processing, Nature's Variety encourages
pet owners to rotate through all of Nature's Variety Kibble, Canned, and
Raw Frozen Diets.
The Nature's Variety product line has been developed to offer the most
wholesome variety of foods for your pets, carefully processed to retain
their natural nutritional value.
Spice up your pet's diet with fresh, raw foods and bones, quality kibble
and canned diets, and quality slow roasted meaty bone and jerky treats.
Rotate through this healthful variety and see the payoff in your pet's
vitality...and renewed interest in its food bowl.
Natural, Wholesome Ingredients
These certified organic sprouts are sources of vitamins, minerals, and
protein. They are a complete food that is nutritionally rich with a high
potency of over 50 different amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and
enzymes. They have a detoxifying characteristic, enhance the immune
system, have a cholesterol reducing capacity, improve absorption, and
also contain antioxidants.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many processed foods do not have a proper PH balance. Apple Cider
Vinegar helps to maintain proper acid/alkaline balance in the body. It
also contains numerous minerals and helps in calcium assimilation. It
also has potential benefits to protect against certain parasites, fungus,
and kidney and bladder.
A natural source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C & K. Also high in
Are outstanding sources of powerful antioxdants to suppoort urinary
Bones, Ground Bone
A significant source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, naturally occurring
compounds associated with joint health.
Broccoli, Lettuce, and Spinach
These vegetables are rich in calcium, natural antioxidants, lutein,
Vitamin A and C.
Superior carbohydrate source. Rich in B vitamins.
This yellow vegetable is rich in Vitamin A, C, potassium, and natural
fiber. Carrots supply nutrients necessary for the health of the eyes,
immune and digestive systems.
Minerals which are absorbed more easily and retained longer.
Chicken, Duck, Quail, and Pheasant Eggs
Often known as one of the best complete foods, eggs provide a
complete amino acid profile including other essential nutrients
necessary to ensure optimal health. Nature’s Variety has chosen a wide
variety of eggs, including the shells for additional natural calcium and to
ensure a better and more complete nutrient profile.
Source of essential fatty acids and other essential nutrients. Essential
fatty acids are vital for the health of skin, coat, cardiovascular, immune,
reproduction, and nervous system. Nutritionists recommend flaxseed for
health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, heart, and reproductive
High in protein and enzymes and contain much of the necessary dietary
amino acids. Other concentrated essential nutrients found in honey are
minerals, B-complex vitamins, and vitamins C, D, and E. It has natural
antiseptic characteristics and is a good source of energy.
Stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
A source of numerous trace minerals and is known for its anti-cancer
and anti-inflammatory qualities. The iodine content of kelp is believed
by some nutritionist's to be useful in treating some cases of
hypothyroidism. Kelp is known to improve the circulatory stimulation
and promotes growth of good hair coat.
Norwegian Virgin Salmon Oil and Virgin Olive Oil
These oils are a great source of Vitamins and is a source of Omega 3,
6, and 9 fatty acids. The source of the salmon is the pristine,
unpolluted waters off the North Sea Coast of Norway. It is rich in
astaxanthin and other trace elements. The oil blend is naturally rich in
antioxidants and is naturally preserved. This oil blend provides dietary
nutrients known to benefit the cardiovascular system, nervous, immune
and reproductive systems and are good for health ailments such as
cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and reproductive problems.
Aids in palatability of food and is a source of protein and omega 3 fatty
A Sodium-Calcium Aluminosilicate which contains a combination of over
50 mineral compounds including Antimony, Barium, Beryllium, Boron,
Bromine, Cadmium, Carbon, Cerium, Cesium, Chloride, Chromium,
Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Fluoride, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium,
Iodine, Lanthanum, Lithium, Manganese, Neodymium, Nickel,
Phosphorus, Rhenium, Rubidium, Samarium, Scandium, Silicon, Silver,
Strontium, Sulfur, Tellurium, Thallium, Thorium, Tin, Titanium,
Vanadium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Zinc, and Zirconium. Recent feed studies
by the Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory at Texas A&M
University have shown that montmorillonite clays can effectively bind
and remove toxins.
Persimmons can be found growing naturally in the forest of many
countries including the United States and are a favorite fruit of many
animals foraging in the wild for food. This fruit is a good nutritional
source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenoids, and dietary fiber.
Source of Vitamin A, C, and Calcium. Also has antibacterial, antiviral,
antiseptic, and antifungal characteristics.
Rosemary, Sage, and Clove
Herbal ingredients with antioxidant characteristics.
Tapioca, from the root of the cassava plant, is grain-free and gluten-
free. There are no known alergies to tapioca, and many veterinary
teaching hospitals incorporate tapioca into their hypoallergenic,
homemade recipes for food allergies and Inflammatory Bowel Disease