Taurine concentrations in animal feed ingredients; cooking influences taurine content

J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2003 Aug;87(7-8):251-62. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0396.2003.00434.x.


The aim of this study was to determine the taurine content in a variety of animal feeds. There is very little information on the taurine content of ingredients used in home-prepared diets for dogs and cats, and foods fed to wild animals in captivity. This study reports the taurine content of both common and alternative feed ingredients, and compares taurine loss as a result of different methods of food preparation. Foods were selected based on their use in commercial and home-prepared diets. Animal muscle tissue, particularly marine, contained high taurine concentrations. Plant products contained either low or undetectable amounts of taurine. The amount of taurine that remained in a feed ingredient after cooking depended upon the method of food preparation. When an ingredient was constantly surrounded by water during the cooking process, such as in boiling or basting, more taurine was lost. Food preparation methods that minimized water loss, such as baking or frying, had higher rates of taurine retention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic*
  • Animals, Wild*
  • Biological Availability
  • Cooking / methods*
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Nutritive Value
  • Taurine / analysis*


  • Taurine