The star ingredient in Jiminy’s products is insect protein. We started with crickets (roasted and ground with nothing else added) and have recently added recipes with grubs.
Insect protein is truly a superfood! This protein itself (without additives) meets or exceeding AAFCO requirements for dogs in so many areas – not bad for one of the smallest animal protein sources out there!
It is also digestible! The insect proteins we work with score above 80 in digestibility studies with dogs – that qualifies these proteins as “high-quality protein” for the dogs.
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Crickets and grubs have all of the essential amino acids (the building blocks for a complete protein). Exceeding AAFCO canine maintenance requirements!
The dog’s body uses choline for a variety of functions that benefit not only the brain, but other systems as well.
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are those fatty acids that a species requires that it can’t make from other sources. Linoleic acid is an example of an EFA for dogs.
Dogs need minerals and insect protein delivers!
The vitamin B Complex includes various types of B vitamins.
Vitamin B Complex is very important for the dog’s muscle and nerve functions.
PROTEIN DIGESTIBILITY IN DOGS
Digestibility refers to the percentage of nutrients that a dog absorbs into their body during the process of digestion. Proteins are large molecules made up of 20 amino acids. While dogs produce about half of these amino acids themselves, the other half, called essential amino acids, must be provided through the diet. Digestibility refers to the relative amount of nutrients within the diet that become available to the body after digestion and absorption. The protein digestibility in dogs for a food product is determined through feeding trials.
Canine nutritionists accept that the minimum target is 80 percent, with ideal values ranging between 80 and 90 percent. Feeding diets exceptionally high in digestibility isproblematic. A dog’s large intestine is adapted to expect some undigested foods such as plant fibers and cartilaginous materials. Depriving the colon of these foods influences colonic health and reduces fecal bulk.
At Jiminy’s, we have invested in the science behind insect protein. The safety, utility and digestibility of these protein sources is proven for our dogs. Links to studies can be found here.
The fact that the insect protein contains protein and fiber is the real kicker – talk about a nutritional powerhouse!
Insect protein has been consumed by people and dogs for centuries! Key studies date back to the 80’s, but some of the more recent studies are accessible below:
What Is AAFCO?
AAFCO is the Association of American Feed Control Officials. It is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies. In order for a dog food to be marketed as “complete and balanced”, it must meet the nutritional standards established by AAFCO.
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