Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Review

Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley

Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley

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Review of Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult
Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley

This product is manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc..

According to our data, this Hill's Science Diet recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley 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 Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

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

The second 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 third ingredient is pork liver. Pork liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, pork liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is 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.

The fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley 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 Science Diet recipe.

Next we have wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

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

Then we have rice. Rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

Moving on, we have rice starch. Rice starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from rice. Typically, rice starch is used as a binder in kibble.

Moving on with this review, we have chicken fat. Chicken fat provides a healthy dose of linolic acid, which is an important omega-6 fatty acid.

The next ingredient in this review 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.

Our next ingredient is powdered cellulose. Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

soybean oil is the next ingredient in this recipe. Soybean oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), soybean 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 in the product.

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine 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.

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 Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley is 2.5 out of 5.