Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Review

Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe

Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe

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Review of Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health
Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe

This product is manufactured by WellPet LLC..

According to our data, this Holistic Select recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe 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 anchovy meal. Anchovy meal is produced by cooking anchovies using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of anchovy and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is sardine meal. Sardine meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking sardine until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with sardine (i.e. sardine meal).

The fourth ingredient is potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

The fifth ingredient is pea. Peas are high-protein legumes which supply a healthy dose of dietary fiber and several important vitamins and minerals.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal 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 Holistic Select recipe.

Next we have menhaden meal. Menhaden meal is produced by cooking menhaden using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of menhaden and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The next ingredient is dried ground potato. Dried ground potatoes provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, potatoes are gluten free and therefore commonly found in grain free and gluten free products.

Then we have canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). The usage of canola oil is controversial in dog food. Canola plant seeds are the product of selective breeding applied to rapeseed, which in turn is used to produce rapeseed oil. It is widely known that rapeseed oil is dangerous for human and animal consumption.

Moving on, we have dried plain beet pulp. Dried plain beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The keyword "plain" in this ingredient emphasizes that the beet pulp has not been sweetened, which is often done for palatability.The primary contribution of dried plain 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 pea fiber. Pea fiber is a concentrated dietary fiber source. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote colon health.

The next ingredient in this review is 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.

Our next ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is an excellent carbohydrate source, rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. It's also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.

natural flavor is the next ingredient in this recipe. Natural flavoring does not contribute any nutritional value.

Next on the list 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 next ingredient in this recipe is apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

Next we have dried brewers yeast. Dried brewers yeast is a by-product of the brewing industry. Brewers yeast is rich in various minerals and contains a notable amount of protein.

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 papaya. Papaya is a healthy exotic fruit. It's an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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

Moving on with this review, we have blueberry. Blueberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

The remaining ingredients in this Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health 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 dogs. 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 Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe is 3.5 out of 5.