Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Review
Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate
Review of Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet
Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate
This product is manufactured by Blue Buffalo.
According to our data, this Blue Buffalo recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.
We'll begin this review of Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is ocean fish. Ocean fish can refer to multiple species of fish, since the particular type of fish is not specified, it's difficult to discuss this ingredient. The nutritional contribution of ocean fish depends on the species included; however, fish generally provides high quality protein and fat.
The second ingredient is fish broth. Fish broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, fish broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is tuna. Although tuna is an excellent protein source, raw tuna contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of tuna is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. Chicken liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, chicken liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.
The fifth ingredient is ground brown rice. Ground brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, ground brown rice is easy to digest.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate 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 natural flavor, which enhances the flavor of the food.
The next ingredient 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.
Then we have tricalcium phosphate. Tricalcium phosphate is typically used for its mineral contents. However, it can also be used to evenly disperse fat in wet food products.
Moving on, we have guar gum. Guar gum (or guaran) is obtained from guar beans which have been dehusked, milled and screened. It's commonly used in wet food products as a thickening agent and provides a notable amount of dietary fiber.
Moving on with this review, we have carrot, which provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
The next ingredient in this review is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a common gluten free carbohydrate source in pet food. In addition to its fiber content, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, an important antioxidant which serves as a precursor to vitamin A.
Our next ingredient is 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.
salt is the next ingredient in this recipe. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and cats. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
Next on the list is carrageenan. Carrageenan is a substance extracted from edible seaweeds. Carrageenan is typically used for its thickening and emulsifying properties.
The next ingredient in this recipe is potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.
Next we have cassia gum. Cassia gum is made from the endosperm of a legume called senna obtusifolia. It's commonly used as a thickener and gelling agent in pet food.
The next ingredient is taurine, which is an amino acid. As with other amino acids, taurine is required for the proper functioning of the body.
Then we have cranberry. Cranberries are rich in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins such as vitamin C and minerals such as manganese.
Moving on, we have choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
The remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet 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.
In summary, we recognize that this product contains anonymous meat ingredients. These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.
The official PawDiet rating for Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish and Tuna Entree Pate is 3.0 out of 5.