By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Review

Turkey, Green Peas and Herring Recipe

By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Turkey, Green Peas and Herring Recipe

PawDiet Rating

5.00

Review of By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet
Turkey, Green Peas and Herring 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 Turkey, Green Peas and Herring Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Turkey, Green Peas and Herring Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is turkey. Although turkey is an excellent protein source, raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of turkey 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 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 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 cat 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 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Turkey, Green Peas and Herring 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 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.

The next ingredient is lentil. Lentils are rich in diary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Lentils also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.

Then we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which is most likely used because of it's essential omega-6 fatty acid content.

Moving on, we have chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

Moving on with this review, we have herring. Although herring is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw herring contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of herring 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 next ingredient in this review is 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.

Our next ingredient is whole egg. Whole eggs 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.

natural chicken flavor is the next ingredient in this recipe. As the name implies, natural chicken flavor provides chicken flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real chicken.

Next on the list is 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.

The next ingredient in this recipe 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.

Next we have salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a cat diet.

The next ingredient is coconut oil. Coconut oil is an excellent source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which are easier to digest and believed to promote skin and coat health.

Then we have pumpkin. Pumpkin is an excellent carbohydrate source, rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. It's also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.

Moving on, we have butternut squash. Butternut squash is a winter squash, which means the squash is harvested when mature. It's an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and various dietary minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have carrot. Carrots are naturally rich in many vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient in this review is spinach. Spinach is a nutritionally dense dark green vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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 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 By Nature Active Defense Balanced Diet Turkey, Green Peas and Herring Recipe is 5.0 out of 5.