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There is no nutritional reason for pet food to contain denatured meat other than as a label lie, a cheap filler used to reduce the cost of quality ingredients.  


The term denaturing is the process of rendering foodstuffs inedible or taste-aversive through unwinding the proteins, adding bitterants, acids, or other substances distasteful to the animal or human palate. This would in theory, prevent children from eating dog food but if the food is safe...


Denaturing a protein enzyme at high temperatures alters the shape and prevents it from performing its function. Denatured proteins lose their 3D structure and therefore cannot function as nutrients.


Adding denatured non-nutritional ingredients to food products sounds contradictory but they are often used as a "filler" by cheap-brand dog food makers. Activated charcoal is sometimes used in some commercially prepared dog food products to absorb any toxins the dog has ingested and lessen any adverse effects.  When reading pet food labels, be alert for terms such as denatured, charcoal, or liqichar.


A product called LIQICHAR is FDA approved for use in pet food. There is scant information on the trademarked form.

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