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What is the Difference Between Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated?

What is the Difference Between Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated?

5th Jun 2021

So, we have already covered what freeze-dried food is and how its produced, but what is the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated food?

Dehydrated cat foods are produced under higher temperatures than freeze-dried foods.

Cat food manufacturers place raw foods in a low-heat environment for extended periods, causing the water to evaporate and be drawn from the food.

The important factor to consider here is the heating process. When raw food is heated, it undergoes structural changes, which can lead to the loss of nutrients from the food.

Despite the loss of nutrients, the remaining nutritional value of dehydrated dog foods is much greater than that of commercial kibble.

However, as a pet owner, it is important to be aware of the loss of nutrients during the process when considering the dietary needs of your pet.

Therefore, the main differences between freeze-dried and dehydrated food are the production process, the differing temperatures the foods are exposed to and the number of nutrients left in the food at the end of the process.

What is the Difference Between Dry Food and Freeze-Dried Cat Food?

In simple terms, A LOT!

Dry food is produced under extremely high temperatures where a lot of the nutrients of the food are lost during the production phase.

However, freeze-dried foods are processed under cold temperatures with a large proportion of nutrients retained in the food.