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Why are gym bros on TikTok into eating dog food?

Reports say many dog foods contain animal byproducts that are not normally found in human foods, such as udders and lungs
(Representational photo, Eva Blanco / EyeEm/Getty Images)
(Representational photo, Eva Blanco / EyeEm/Getty Images)

Due to the significant amount of protein in dog food, TikTok users and gym bros have decided to join the trend and share their personal experiences. Several users of the social media site claim that since some dog food brands are strong in protein, the advantages of fueling a workout might outweigh the dubious flavors and possible risks of eating food meant for our canine companions.

Henry Clarisey, a 21-year-old fitness influencer from Buffalo, New York, opted to test the oven-roasted beef with spring vegetable and apple flavors from Kibbles 'n Bits. Yet, in his first successful TikTok video with 19.9 million views, he tells viewers that, according to an app, Pedigree's dog food includes 666 grams of protein - roughly 600 grams more than the amount of protein most people should take each day.


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Why dog food?

The FDA mandates that all pet food be made under sanitary circumstances, be safe for animals to eat, and contain no dangerous ingredients. According to Melissa Majumdar, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative, dog food is not subject to the same laws and regulations as human food. As a result, labels specifying the intended purpose are frequently present on dog food items.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, a group that defines ingredients and establishes label standards for feed regulators, states that pet food may contain animal byproducts that are not normally found in human foods, such as udders and lungs, as well as bone meal and organs. People should not consume these byproducts, but pets are thought to be safe.

Protein content in dog food

Dog food nutrition statistics are provided on labels as percentages of dry matter or DM. According to Majumdar, depending on the age of the animal it is meant for, the protein content in dog food typically ranges from 8% to 18% DM. Furthermore, this indicates that it contains 8 to 18 grams of protein per cup. For comparison, a tiny dog may consume one cup of dog food a day, a medium-sized dog about two cups, and a large-breed dog about three cups.