Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Review

Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Review of Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult
Natural Chicken & Brown Rice 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.

Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice 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 brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

The third 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 fourth 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.

The fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice 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 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 next ingredient is 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.

Then we have flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Moving on, we have lactic acid, which is an organic compound. Lactic acid is most likely used in this recipe as a preservative.

Moving on with this review, we have 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.

The next ingredient in this review is fish oil. Fish oil is defined by AAFCO as "the oil from rendering whole fish or cannery waste." It is typically rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore a good fat source. However, the specific fish used to obtain the oil is not specified and therefore we cannot make any specific claims.

Our next ingredient is 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.

choline chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Next on the list is potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a substantial 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 cats. 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 Hill's Ideal Balance Mature Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe is 2.0 out of 5.