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Kibbles for Humans

 

I had a lunch appointment with Shasha the other day. She went for the set menu: salmon roe in mussel hors d’oeuvre; appetiser, tiger prawn sashimi;  and for mains, seared Black Angus tenderloin with raw duck heart. I had the in-house instant noodles. It felt a bit like eating with a date. You hold your breath as she picks from the menu and you just nod and smile and ask her to order whatever, and then you order a salad for yourself because you’re not hungry.

 

The degustation menu

 

By Nestle – human kibble

 

Anyway, I was slurping my noodles, looking at her seared steak for flavour and thinking what an ungrateful cat she was because she never once offered a share of the hunt. She could have been doing a lot worse. Something like what I was having? And I realised it wasn’t really such a stretch to say that. For isn’t cat kibble just the feline version of our instant noodles?

 

Consider this:

 

Instant Noodles Making Process (simplified)

Starch, flavorings, and other ingredients are mixed in water and added evenly into flour

 

After resting and drying out, the mixture is sheeted and made into desired shape and texture and steamed.

 

Noodles are fried at high temperature. Now all remaining nutrients are stripped off. Artificial flavourings are provided in a satchel, sometimes with mock whole food ingredients such as egg fluff, super mini naruto fishcake (gluten) dried up spring onions etc.

 

 

Conventional Kibble Making Process (simplified)

Rendered meat, meat by-products, or meal are mixed and often vegetables and grains are mixed together

 

Starch, flavourings, and other ingredients are mixed in water and added evenly into flour

 

Everything is mixed together

 

After resting and drying out, the mixture is sheeted and extruded (high temperature processing) during which all nutrients (whatever to begin with) are stripped off

 

Cut into desired shape. Nutrient fortifications are poured into the mix to add back what had been destroyed during extrusion and flavours are sprayed on to make kibbles more palatable to animals. Sometimes, radioactive colours are sprayed on to make kibbles more eye-pleasing to humans.

 

 

Some will argue that kibbles are more nutritious but wait, I believe instant noodles have fortified  versions in which nutrients have been added.

 

Nutrients added into instant noodles to create a ‘nutritious’ meal

 

I know what some of you are thinking. Very soon, we will be having instant noodles packed with taurine, vitamin B complex, omega-3, vitamin E, iodine, eggshell powder etc. to meet our daily nutrient requirements.  And before long we’ll come to the conclusion what we are having every day is unbalanced and nutritionally lacking (and dangerous, since, to cook, you need to touch raw ingredients) and we should just eat instant noodles every day to meet our daily needs.

 

That’s a valid point and I know at first blush it sounds ridiculous but when you pause enough to ponder about this deeply, you’ll realise it still doesn’t make sense whatsoever. Why would anyone one want to replace a variety of tasty whole foods for instant noodles even if they came in different flavours, including atomic spicy. Maybe Shasha might be able to comment on that if she weren’t so busy chomping down the steak.

 

See, nutritional balance happens naturally over time and variety. Supplements come in only when there is a nutrient deficiency which, in an age of excess food, occurs usually only due to a body being incapable of absorbing a certain nutrient. The same goes with animals. I have yet to see a properly raw fed animal suffer from nutrient deficiency to the extent we have to balance its diet by feeding it kibble every day.

 

But the resemblance is uncanny now. Instant noodles are basically the kibbles for humans. Conversely, kibbles are the instant noodles for cats, depending on how you want to look at it.

 

It makes sense when you dig deeper. The company driving this change for fortified instant noodles is Nestle, parent company of Purina, one of the four pet food brands that control the market share for pet food. In the earlier days when Nestle was dominating the supermarket shelves with thousands of products in boxes, bags, bottles, and cans, they decided they might as well not waste the non-human-grade meats and used them to make pet food using their technology of making edible things last for years without going bad. And the same is happening now as they have come up with a masterplan to fortify instant noodles and maybe one day, we can all eat instant noodles every day for the rest of our lives and be nutritionally served.

 

The idea is brilliant, almost as brilliant as thinking serving a bowl of kibble to our pets for their lifespan would serve them well.

 

That’s why manufacturers have to dress them up in their packaging. At the back of our head, we know we are getting sterile, uniform coloured instant meals with so much preservatives they won’t go bad. But we need visual cues to comfort us into thinking we are getting something tasty whole foods.

 

Braised beef noodles vs Roasted beef kibble

 

Except that the end product, whether instant noodles or kibbles, is sterile.

 

They would look better if we added some canned food to the kibble and some luncheon meat to the noodles

 

 

A quick research on Google on long term effects of eating instant ramen every day could lead to…

 

Digestive problems

Kidney problems

Pancreatitis

Cancer

Obesity

Elevated blood pressure

Increased risk of heart disease

Diabetes

Hypertension

 

A quick research on Google on long term effects of eating kibble every day could lead to…

 

Digestive problems

Kidney problems

Pancreatitis

Cancer

Obesity

Elevated blood pressure

Increased risk of heart disease

Diabetes

Hypertension

 

I could go on but the point I’m driving at is obvious…

 

Hopefully, the luckier pets would be having canned food as well, which is much more superior than dry due to higher water content and having more proteins and less carbohydrates. Maybe I should be adding some SPAM to my noodles…

 

 




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