Instinct Original Review

Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon

Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon

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Review of Instinct Original
Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon

This product is manufactured by Nature’s Variety.

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

Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon 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 Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon 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 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 third ingredient is herring meal. Herring meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking herring until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with herring (i.e. herring meal).

The fourth ingredient is pea. 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 canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid). Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon 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 Instinct recipe.

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

The next ingredient is 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.

Then we have dried tomato pomace. Dried tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

Moving on, we have natural flavor. Although natural flavor does not provide any nutritional value, it does improve palatability.

Moving on with this review, we have salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

The next ingredient in this review is montmorillonite clay. Montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring group of minerals which are believed to provide resistance to various environmental toxins. In addition, montmorillonite clay is often used as an anti-caking agent in pet food.

Our 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.

potassium chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

Next on the list 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 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 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 is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Then we have l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, which is a feed-grade vitamin C supplement.

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

Moving on with this review, we have niacin supplement. Niacin is also known as vitamin B3. It's an essential vitamin that is critical for the metabolism of nutrients and the well-being of the central nervous and GI systems.

The remaining ingredients in this Instinct Original 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 Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon is 4.5 out of 5.