By Nature Active Defense Grain Free Review
95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines
Review of By Nature Active Defense Grain Free
95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines
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 Grain Free 95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of By Nature Active Defense Grain Free 95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is salmon. Although salmon is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw salmon contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of salmon 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 mackerel. Mackerel is another excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source. As with other raw meats, mackerel contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of mackerel is dramatically reduced after cooking.
The third ingredient is sardine. Sardines are another outstanding protein and omega-3 fatty acids source. They also contain all of the necessary essential amino acids required by cats.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is vegetable broth. As with other broths, vegetable broth is a source of flavor and moisture.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in By Nature Active Defense Grain Free 95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines 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 potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
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 agar-agar, which is commonly used as a thickening or gelling agent.
The next ingredient in this review is salt. 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.
Our next ingredient is xanthan gum, which is used as a thickening and suspending agent. It's usually produced by bacterial fermentation and does not provide any nutritional value.
calcium carbonate is the next ingredient in this recipe. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.
Next on the list is 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 in this recipe is carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.
Next we have apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.
The next ingredient is cranberry. Cranberries are rich in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins such as vitamin C and minerals such as manganese.
The remaining ingredients in this By Nature Active Defense Grain Free 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 does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
The official PawDiet rating for By Nature Active Defense Grain Free 95% Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines is 5.0 out of 5.