Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew Review

With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

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3.50
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Review of Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew
With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

This product is manufactured by Blue Buffalo.

According to our data, this Blue Buffalo recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef 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 second ingredient is beef broth. Beef broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, beef broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The third ingredient is water. Of course, water only provides moisture, which is a necessary component in wet foods.

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 potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas 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 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 is carrot, which provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

Then we have potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free ingredient extracted from potatoes. Unlike whole potatoes, the starch itself does not provide a notable amount of nutrition.

Moving on, we have pea. Peas are high-protein legumes which supply a healthy dose of dietary fiber and several important vitamins and minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have pea flour. Pea flour is made from roasted peas which have been processed into a powder. It's naturally rich in protein and dietary fiber.

The next ingredient in this review is 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.

Our next ingredient is caramel color. Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

natural flavor is the next ingredient in this recipe, which enhances the flavor of the food.

Next on the list is potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

The next ingredient in this recipe is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.

Next we have sodium phosphate. Sodium phosphate is a generic term used for salts of sodium and phosphate. It is most likely used as a emulsifier, thickening agent, or leavening agent.

The next ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.

The remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo Hearty Beef Stew 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 dogs. 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 Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas is 3.5 out of 5.