Blue Buffalo Freedom Review

Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens

Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens

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Review of Blue Buffalo Freedom
Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens

This product is manufactured by Blue Buffalo.

According to our data, this Blue Buffalo recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for growing kittens. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growing kittens.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is tapioca starch. Tapioca starch is a gluten-free starch extracted from cassava roots. Starch is a necessary component in producing kibble and tapioca is an excellent choice in this regard.

The fourth ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

The fifth ingredient is menhaden meal. Menhaden meal is produced by cooking menhaden using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of menhaden and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo recipe.

Next we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which provides a healthy dose of omega-6 fatty acids.

The next ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is produced by cooking turkey using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of turkey and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

Then we have pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

Moving on, we have flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have dried egg. Dried eggs consist of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.

The next ingredient in this review is fish oil. Fish oil is defined by AAFCO as "the oil from rendering whole fish or cannery waste." It is typically rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore a good fat source. However, the specific fish used to obtain the oil is not specified and therefore we cannot make any specific claims.

Our next ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavor enhances the flavor of the product. The difference between natural and artificial flavoring is that natural flavoring starts from a plant or animal whereas artificial flavoring is entirely man-made.

potato is the next ingredient in this recipe. Potatoes provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, potatoes are gluten free and therefore commonly found in grain free and gluten free products.

Next on the list is pea fiber. Pea fiber is a concentrated dietary fiber source. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote colon health.

The next ingredient in this recipe is powdered cellulose. Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

Next we have alfalfa meal. Alfalfa meal is produced from the alfalfa flowering plant. it's rich in plant based protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Then we have canola oil. Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.

The remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo Freedom recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by cats. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Recipe For Indoor Kittens is 4.5 out of 5.