By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Review

Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe

By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe

PawDiet Rating

3.50

Review of By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet
Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe

This product is manufactured by Kent Pet Group, Inc.

According to our data, this By Nature recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is lamb. Although lamb is an excellent protein source, raw lamb contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of lamb 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 lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals. Whats more, non-contaminated oats are gluten free; however, oats are typically processed and grown near ingredients which contain gluten and therefore contamination is not unusual. Always check the packaging to ensure the product is gluten free if your dog has allergies to gluten.

The fourth ingredient is green pea. Green 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 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe 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 By Nature recipe.

Next we have lentil. Lentils are rich in diary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Lentils also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.

The next ingredient is 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.

Then we have duck. Duck is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, duck contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of duck is dramatically reduced after cooking.

Moving on, we have sun-cured alfalfa meal. Sun-cured alfalfa meal is produced from the alfalfa flowering plant. it's rich in plant based protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have tapioca. Tapioca 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 remaining ingredients in this By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet 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 By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Lamb, Lentils and Duck Recipe is 3.5 out of 5.