Ingredient Database:
soybean meal

Best available AAFCO definition: "Soybean Meal (De-hulled, solvent Extracted)" is obtained by grinding the flakes remaining after removal of most of the oil from de-hulled soybeans by a solvent extraction process. "Soybean Meal (Mechanical Extracted)" is obtained by grinding the cake or chips which remain after removal of most of the oil from the soybeans by a mechanical extraction process.

Simple Definition: The ground remains of soybeans after the oils have been removed by a chemical or mechanical extraction.

Our Comments:

Soybean meal is high in protein (~40-60%, similar to corn gluten meal), but has a biologic value less than 50% of that of chicken meal.

Categories this ingredient falls under:

Vegetable: This is not a natural part of a ferret's diet, and may not be not well digested. A small amount of vegetables is typically needed to bind meat together in kibble, and vegetables are sometimes used to provide needed vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, vegetables are often added in larger amounts as 'filler' to reduce the ingredients cost for the manufacturer, so watch out for how high up on the ingredients list they appear.
Vegetable Protein: Vegetable protein doesn't have the same amino acid balance that animal protein does, and may be less digestible to a carnivore. Don't be impressed by a food's high protein levels if it lists any vegetable proteins in its ingredients.

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