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Essence vs Nature's Recipe

Essence vs. Nature's Recipe

In this comparison article for Essence vs Nature's Recipe, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Essence and Nature's Recipe, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Nature's Recipe vs Essence comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Essence Review Page or Nature's Recipe Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Nature's Recipe vs. Essence

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Essence Dog Food vs. Nature's Recipe Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Essence Nature's Recipe
Crude Protein 40.9% 27.5%
Crude Fat 20.0% 13.7%
Crude Fiber 5.9% 4.7%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Essence Nature's Recipe
Crude Protein 46.2% 52.2%
Crude Fat 32.6% 13.8%
Crude Fiber 6.0% 6.7%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

The comparison table above shows that Essence dry dog foods provide significantly more protein than Nature's Recipe. More specifically, Essence guarantees at least 13.37% more protein. For wet dog foods, Nature's Recipe provides more protein (about 5.97% more).


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Fats are an absolutely vital component of a balanced canine diet. Not only do fats provide energy, but they also serve important roles in the normal development and function of your dog's body. For example, fats help dogs produce prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation among many other significant functions.

There is a relatively large difference between the fat content of Essence and Nature's Recipe. On average, Nature's Recipe dry dog food recipes contain 6.26% less fat than Essence recipes. In addition, Essence wet dog foods also provide more fat than Nature's Recipe wet foods.


There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands. With regards to wet dog food, Nature's Recipe and Essence also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Essence Pet Food Ingredients vs. Nature's Recipe Pet Food Ingredients

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Nature's Recipe.

Wheat
Garlic
Beet Pulp
Canola Oil
Fat Product
Pea Protein
Brewers Rice
Garlic Spice
Caramel Color
Garlic Powder
Soybean Flour
Tomato Pomace
Feeding Oatmeal
Ground Whole Wheat
Dried Tomato Pomace
Soybean Protein Isolate
Soybean Protein Concentrate
Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)
Poultry Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Nature's Recipe.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Essence & Nature's Recipe?

According to our records, neither brand has issued any product recalls. Therefore, consumers have no reason to question the safety of Essence or Nature's Recipe pet food products.


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Where To Buy Essence Pet Foods

You can purchase Essence pet foods from the following stores:


15 Recipes In-Stock Today

Where To Buy Nature's Recipe Pet Foods

You can purchase Nature's Recipe pet food products from these retailers:


25 Recipes In-Stock Today

12 Recipes In-Stock Today

9 Recipes In-Stock Today

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Essence Nature's Recipe
Dry Dog Food 6 Recipes 15 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 6 Recipes 15 Recipes
Dog Treats
Dry Cat Food 3 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 3 Recipes
Cat Treats

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