Petgood Lead Vet Dr Nicky Sluczanowski

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Dr Nicky Sluczanowski

"The latest research shows that the protein meal from the H. illucens larvae (Black Soldier Fly Larvae or BSFL) has a high amino acid content and a high digestibility of the amino acids, making this a very high-quality protein source.”

Research

Summary

The petgood Veterinary Team together with animal nutritionists have analysed the petgood recipes in detail to ensure that the complete and balanced diets fulfil and or/exceeds the nutritional requirements recommended by FEDIAF (the European Pet Food Industry standard authority). The latest research shows that the protein meal from the H. illucens larvae (Black Soldier Fly Larvae or BSFL) has a high amino acid content and a high digestibility of the amino acids, making this a very high-quality protein source. For most companion animals, it is also a completely novel protein; and is also the only animal protein source in the petgood diet. These unique properties of petgood food mean the diet is ideal for animals with dietary sensitivities/allergies; and can help reduce the incidence of clinical signs of food reactions, including dermatological and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Hermetia illucens

petgood insect-based food is a complete and balanced novel protein diet, based on one animal protein source. The protein in the diet is provided by the larval stage of the Black Soldier Fly species (Hermetia illucens), a species of the Diptera that is widespread across all continents globally. H. illucens is not considered a pest species nor a potential disease vector; and the species has a growing number of very important applications for human use. The commercial production of the larvae of H. illucens provides a high-quality protein source, able to be utilised in aquaculture, agriculture, and the companion animal pet food industry.

Amino acids with high digestibility

BSFL has a high amino acid content (McCusker et al 2014) as well as a high digestibility of the amino acids, making this a very high-quality protein source; in-vitro studies have shown the amino acid digestibility values of BSFL to be between 90.5% – 92.4% (Bosch et al 2016). Detailed information regarding the BSFL protein meal is shown in Table 1 (analytical constituents) and Table 2 (amino acid- and fatty acid profiles) in our help center.

Petgood x research

We are happy to be a part of research and paving the way for insect-based pet food. That is why we are working closely together with Wageningen University & Research on a research project to further unlock nutritional benefits of insect-based pet food. We promise to tell you more as soon as we can about this exciting project!

New research

Health benefits of black soldier fly fats

Great news! Our scientific research article with insect farm Protix and the Technical University of Munich Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is approved and published in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology.

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SELECTED STUDIES ON INSECT PROTEIN FOR CATS AND DOGS

Amino acids & digestibility

Dogs & insect-based feed

Cats & insect-based feed

Insect protein & allergy