Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult Review
Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe
Review of Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult
Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe
This product is manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc..
According to our data, this Hill's Ideal Balance recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Unlike other AAFCO approved cat foods which rely in laboratory testing to substantiate nutritional adequacy, this recipe has undergone feeding trials. In the pet food industry, feeding trials are often considered to be the superior testing method.
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats.
We'll begin this review of Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.
The second ingredient is yellow pea. Yellow peas are a good source of dietary fiber and minerals. They also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.
The third ingredient is chicken fat. Fat is an important part of your cats diet, chicken fat in particular is an outstanding source of omega-6 fatty acids.
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 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.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult Natural Chicken & Potato 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 Hill's Ideal Balance recipe.
Next we have egg product. 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 next ingredient is 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.
Then we have potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Moving on, we have dried beet pulp. Dried beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.
We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.
Moving on with this review, we have natural chicken liver flavor. As the name implies, natural chicken liver flavor provides chicken liver flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real chicken liver.
The next ingredient in this review is lactic acid, which is an organic compound. Lactic acid is most likely used in this recipe as a preservative.
The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult 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 Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Adult Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe is 3.0 out of 5.