Green Tripe is the stomach of animals(cattles, buffalo, sheep, goats, deer etc ). These animals are known as four footed, hooved, cud chewing mamals with a stomach that consists of four chambers(rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum). The food animals eat is swallowed unchewed and then passes into rumen and reticulum where it is then regurgitated, chewed and mixed with with saliva. It is again then swallowed and passed through the reticulum and omasum into the obasum, whhere it is further divided by the gastric juices, amino acid and other digestive enzymes.These gastric juices and enzymes not only aid the animal in digestion but also aid the dog in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development and the other gastric juices are known as best cleaner for their teeth. Green tripe dosn’t necessarily refers to its color, it refers to the fact that it has not been touched, not cleaned not bleached. Its actual color is brown, but sometime there is greenish tint due to the grass or hay the animal ate before slaughtering.
Green tripe is highly recommended by the advocates of Raw Food diet for dogs. In an analysis of a sample of green tripe by woodson-tenant lab in atlanta, Georgia, it was discovered that the calcium phosphorous ratio is 1:1, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion, protein is 15.1, fat 11.7 and it contained the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic, in their recommended proportions. Also discovered, was the presence of Lactic Acid Bacteria. Lactic Acid Bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, is the good intestinal bacteria. It is the main ingrediect in probiotics.
It is ideal to boil it in water before use. Because of its rubbery texture, serving it in large chunks also aids the dogs in strengthening its jaw muscles and has an added benefit as a form of canine dental floss.
White tripe you find in the grocery stores has been cleaned and bleached, it has almost no nutritional values as a dog food.