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Posted by Bill Moss on April 26, 2003 at 08:29:36:
In Reply to: Cooked vs Raw meat posted by ReptileMatt on April 25, 2003 at 15:16:55:
I have seen some posts by others stating that cooking meat is bad, but I have not seen them give reasons why. Presumably, they are reasoning that the heat will render some necessary nutritional value in the meat useless and therefore do not cook it. I don't know how much validity (from a nutritional analysis point of view) there is to that, my pure guess is - not much. I used to hear the same things about feeding frozen/thawed rodents -vs- live or fresh-killed, that freezing would ruin the nutrients. I have seen evidence on that to suggest nutrient loss by freezing is insignificant.
Where do I stand on this?
Personally, I most often feed whole animals, frozen and thawed. When I do feed meat such as chicken or beef, I microwave it first. My reasons are because there is so much Salmonella in mass-processed chicken and there is potential of E.coli in raw beef. Even though crocodilians consume some pretty nasty stuff sometimes, I personally prefer not to take chances. I don't want to have to look back someday and second guess myself.
For what it's worth.....
:The stable of my gator's diet is whole mice but for a treat I feed him chicken and steak. I have been cooking this meat before I give it to him. Is cooking bad?? Is raw meat better?? What about bacteria??