For many people, feeding the dog is a chore they make as convenient as possible. But once you’ve discovered the advantages of nutrient-dense raw dog food, it’s hard to justify putting convenience over your dog’s health.
This is especially true if you use a brand like RAWF, made from 100% grass-fed, pasture-finished beef. That makes it the opposite of highly processed dry dog food filled with empty calories.
Even among raw dog food products, RAWF’s use of grass-fed beef from our own farm on Long Island stands out as exceptional.
What Is Nutrient Density?
The term nutrient density applies to food that is low in calories but high in nutrients. A nutrient-dense food contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats.
Nutrient-dense foods include fruits and vegetables, seafood, lean meats, eggs, peas, beans, nuts and kale. Grass-fed beef also makes the list because we feed our cattle the natural grasses and foliage they evolved to eat, rather than grains designed to quickly bulk them up.
The result is beef with a higher nutrient density. That’s what we produce on our farm, Acabonac Farms, for every serving of RAWF.
Grass-fed Beef Is Loaded With Vitamins and Minerals
Beef contains almost every nutrient your dog needs to survive. The nutrients in a slice of beef include the following.
- B12, B3, and B6
- Highly bioavailable iron, selenium, and zinc (bioavailability refers to the rate and extent that these minerals are absorbed into the bloodstream)
- High quality protein
- Creatine and carnosine, important nutrients from muscles and the brain
- Beta Carotene (a carotenoid precursors to vitamin A)
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cells
Beef also provides high-quality protein that breakdowns into amino acids when eaten. These acids are vital to many different bodily functions, and 10 of the 23 amino acids in a dog’s body must come from food such as beef.
Grass-fed beef is a lean, nutrient-dense food that efficiently deliveries important vitamins and minerals. In the case of Acabonac Farms, where no added hormones or sub therapeutic antibiotics are ever given to cattle, the healthy factor is even higher.
Additions to RAWF Dog Food
We formulated RAWF based on recommendations by an animal nutritionist. It’s designed to provide your dog a balanced meal of grass-fed beef, fruit and vegetables. We’ve also added nutrients to promote healthy digestion, maximize digestibility, promote beneficial bacteria development and reduce pathogens in the digestive tract.
The all-natural additions to RAWF include:
- Omega 2 fatty acids that promote heart health
- Salt to balance electrolytes
- Yeast extract to prevent pathogens in the intestine
- The prebiotic Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) to aid digestion
- Fumaric acid, lactic acid, citric acid and malic acid that promotes growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut
- Thyme extract to boost antimicrobial activity
For a complete list of all the vitamins and minerals we’ve added, as well as a complete rundown of what each RAWF beef patty contains, readthe complete list.
The Impact of Nutrient-Dense Food
Like humans, dogs need the right combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day to function properly. The benefits of a nutrient-dense diet (along with a proper amount of water) include the following for your dog.
Building Muscles and Maintaining Health Cells
Beef provides a strong amount of protein (and the amino acids that create protein) that is vital to every cell in your dog’s body. They are key to having healthy skin, hair, internal organs and the building of strong muscles. High-quality protein is a key ingredient in raw dog food.
Healthy Skin and Shiny Coat
Omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to supporting good heart health, have an anti-inflammatory impact that can keep skin from becoming itchy or too dry. These fatty acids also produce a healthy, shiny coat of hair for dogs.
Better Digestive System
The carbohydrates that come from natural fruit and vegetable additions to RAWF support your dog having a healthy digestive system. The high bioavailability of grass-fed beef ensures that all the nutrients are easily absorbed into your dog’s body. It also results in less poop as a higher percentage of the nutrients are used by your dog.
Better Immune System
Nutrient-dense dog food provides vitamins to reduce cell damage to your dog, as well as minerals that promote normal cell function. Grass-fed beef provides a combination of nutrients that can help boost your dog’s immune system as well as help them suffer less from allergies.
Nutrient-dense raw dog food represents a better way to give your dog all the nutrients she needs to thrive. By calculating the best formula to deliver those nutrients and using 100% grass-fed beef, we’ve designed RAWF to maximize your dog’s health.