Foods and Daltons
My dog's vet was telling me that food proteins with low dalton units
would be best for my dog to eat at this time. He said there are some
companies that make hypoallergenic dog food with "low dalton unit"
protein, e.g. 6,000 dalton units. Is there anyway I can learn how
many dalton units exist in natural foods, such as, chicken, turkey,
beans, tofu, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc.?
Your vet is trying to impress you with his techno-jargon. Without going
into the technical details, for all practical purposes the 'dalton' is the
unit used to express molecular. For all practical purposes you can same as
the molecular weight. So low dalton proteins = low molecular weight
proteins. I hope he is not charging extra for dog food low in daltons!!
A dalton is the "official name" of an atomic weight unit. Without going into
the technicalities it is synonomous with "molecular weight". Either your vet
doesn't know what it means, or he is trying to do a "snow job" on you with
Don't pay any extra for "low dalton" dog food. It just means the protein was
digested in a vat to partially break down higher molecular weight protein.
This is common in the food industry for a variety of reasons, but it does
not improve the nutritional value so far as I know.
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Update: June 2012