A common misconception when reading an ingredient panel on your pets food is that meal is bad. In actuality, meal is just the protein drained of its water content before it is cooked. This is to ensure higher protein content. When you have a protein source as a first ingredient and then a grain or potato as the second ingredient you are going to end up having a higher content of grain when the cooking process is complete. This is due to the fact that the moisture in the protein gets cooked out and it loses its density.
The kind of meal that you do want to avoid when looking for a healthy pet food is corn meal or byproduct meal. Byproduct meal is the parts of the animal that they don’t want to use in human foods and corn meal is just filler and can actually cause many health issues in your pet.
You can research your food and look for foods that say they use human grade ingredients. Human grade ingredients means that the quality of the meats and vegetables that are going into the food are fit for consumption the same as the food that you would buy for yourself at the grocery store.
So remember, meal isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just make sure you are paying attention to what type of meal is in the food and the quality of the ingredients used.