What Are the Types of Animal Protein

types of animal protein

There are various types of animal protein commonly found in our diet. It may come in one of many forms such as milk, meat, eggs or soy. The type we eat depends on the kind of lifestyle and purpose for which it is consumed. In addition, the form in which the protein is consumed also has a bearing on its nutritional value and medicinal benefits. However, before you choose any particular type of protein, it is important to learn more about each kind’s nutritional value and medical benefits.

Types of Animal Protein


One category of popular animal ingredients is “casein”. Casein is the main ingredient in cow’s milk and is a by-product of rendering cattle. There are two categories of casein: soluble and insoluble. Soluble protein comes from the fat of the animal and comprises 80% of its weight. Insoluble protein is not a part of the animal’s body but derived from various tissues and organs including the liver, brain, heart and other parts.


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Soy is also a popular animal protein ingredient in North America. It comes from the soybean plant. Soy protein comes in two forms, namely soy protein concentrate and liquid soy protein concentrate. Liquid soy protein is used to make tofu whereas soy concentrate is used for manufacturing food products including tofu. Soybean is the major crop in North America.

Many of our choices of available protein sources are heavily processed to increase their shelf life and improve their taste. This has led to a big increase in the number of vegetable protein products available on the supermarket shelves. In addition, most of these products have had a lot of additives and preservatives added to them to extend their shelf life, thus increasing their cost even further. The result is that people often end up spending more on animal ingredients like meat and dairy than they do on vegetables.

Alternatives To Animal Protein

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Because of this trend towards processed foods, consumers are now looking for alternatives to help them get healthy and stay fit. This has led to a growth in demand for organic and natural pet food ingredients. However, it can be difficult to identify which ingredients in the various brands of pet food are truly natural and organic. Pet food buyers have the option of visiting a vet or an online website to find out what natural and organic ingredients are included in various brands of pet foods in North America.

Protein is a building block of life. The human body needs adequate levels of proteins to keep a strong immune system and maintain muscle mass. In fact, many athletes eat animal proteins for the increased energy levels they get from eating larger amounts of protein. Animal proteins are also rich in amino acids that help strengthen the muscles and tissues of the body. However, some pet owners have turned to two types of animal proteins for a supplement to their diets. These are beef and lamb.

Beef And Lamb Category Of Animal Proteins

The beef and lamb category of animal proteins is seen to grow in sales during the forecast period due to their versatility as ingredients. However, these two categories account for only around 3% of the total protein market. So the demand for processed and manufactured pet foods is expected to grow faster than the number of seats at the gym. The increase in the number of individuals who are willing to pay more for a premium quality protein is expected to accelerate. As we know, demand drives supply. So as the number of individuals who are willing to pay for premium quality products like these, the amount of available beef and lamb will also rise.

Final Thoughts

It is important for dog owners to educate themselves about the different types of protein available on the market. This will help them identify which category of pet food is most beneficial for their pets. A further increase in the demand for processed animal proteins is expected as the forecast period continues. With the predicted growth in demand, the amount of profit that can be earned by manufacturers of processed animal proteins will rise.

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