Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Review

Toby's Turkey Dinner

Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Toby's Turkey Dinner

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Review of Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew
Toby's Turkey Dinner

This product is manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc..

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

Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Toby's Turkey Dinner 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 Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Toby's Turkey Dinner with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is turkey broth. Turkey broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, turkey broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The second 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 third ingredient is dried egg product. Dried egg product consists 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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, chicken contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of chicken is dramatically reduced after cooking.

The fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Toby's Turkey Dinner 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 Earthborn Holistic recipe.

Next 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 next ingredient 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.

Then 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.

Moving on, we have carrot. Carrots are an excellent source of dietary fiber and minerals. In addition, carrots are rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.

Moving on with this review, we have pumpkin. Pumpkin is naturally rich in many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Pumpkin is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

The next ingredient in this review is apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

Our next 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.

natural flavor is the next ingredient in this recipe. Natural flavor enhances the flavor of the product. The difference between natural and artificial flavoring is that natural flavoring starts from a plant or animal whereas artificial flavoring is entirely man-made.

Next on the list 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 next ingredient in this recipe is calcium sulfate. Calcium sulfate is a food additive that helps control acidity levels and functions as a firming agent. It's not a desirable ingredient, but it is considered safe by the FDA in small quantities.

Next 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.

The next ingredient is potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

Then we have choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Moving on, we have vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.

Moving on with this review, we have ferrous sulfate, which is an iron supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

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 Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Stew Toby's Turkey Dinner is 3.0 out of 5.