• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

A Raw Feeder's Lifeline: Premade Raw

Updated: May 15

Life gets unpredictable. While having a daily set schedule would be preferred, it's just unrealistic. This is where pre-made comes in handy! But are a few key components to look for in a pre-made raw.

#1: HPP

HPP stands for "High-Pressure Pasteurization" it's a cold pasteurization technique by which the raw food is introduced to a high level of isostatic pressure provided by water. Since this process pasteurizes the food, all the living bacteria, enzymes, and microorganisms are killed off, defeating feeding fresh.

Many HPP pre-made raw companies state, "the HPP process is 100% natural and recognized by the FDA and USDA as an anti-pathogen treatment". This process kills everything, not just pathogenic bacteria.

Many companies are using this method to comply with the FDA and stay in business. Unfortunately, when raw food undergoes HPP, it destroys the benefits of raw.

To see if a food undergoes HPP, you can usually find the information on their website or shoot them an email asking about it.

> To learn more about HPP, click here.

#2: Low-Quality Marine Oils

Fish oils usually "balance" out the omega 3 to 6 ratio because when these fats are balanced, it reduces inflammation, decreasing chronic diseases' chances. Unfortunately, fish oils are usually rancid before the company even receives them, depending on the quality.

This is due to the heating and extrusion process of the supplement. Introducing lots and lots of oxygen to the oils causes them to oxidize rapidly. Every time the oil comes in contact with more oxygen (i.e., transporting, mixing into the batch, testing a raw batch, etc.), the oils oxidize further.

The fatty acids in fish oils are susceptible to oxidation. When they are exposed to oxygen, they create free radicals. Free radicals are the cause of premature aging and many organ diseases.

This process is called oxidative stress. Free radicals take a healthy normal cell, attack it, and damage the cell with oxidative stress, killing the cell. Free radicals can also cause gene mutations, cancer, as well as inflammatory health problems. There are many high-quality marine oils, but many companies choose to use lower quality ones.

> For a more in-depth look at marine oils, click here.

#3: Sourcing

It matters what the animal you are feeding ate! A company should prioritize the quality and sustainability of its meat. The company should be able to list where the animal was raised and what is consumed. The sourcing and quality of a brand can often be seen with how much advertiseme