Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy Review


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Review of Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle
Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy

This product is manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands.

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

Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy 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 Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is water sufficient for processing. Of course, water only provides moisture, which is a necessary component in wet foods.

The second ingredient is meat by-products. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, meat by-products contain nearly all parts of the animal which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.

This ingredient is marked controversial because the meat source is not identified. Anonymous ingredients such as meat by-products are typically very low quality additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the animal source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.

The third ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef 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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in dog food. It provides high-quality protein and fat. However, more than 60% of chicken is water.

The fifth ingredient is wheat flour. Wheat flour is produced by grinding uncooked wheat into a powder. In addition to dietary fiber, wheat flour provides various vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein.

Wheat is considered a controversial ingredient because of it's protein content. Plant based proteins degrade the overall protein quality in the product. In addition, many people believe wheat is one of the most common ingredients to cause food allergies or intolerance. However, grains such as wheat are typically low offenders in comparison to certain protein sources such as beef.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy 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 Kibbles 'n Bits recipe.

Next we have soybean flour. Soybean flour contains more than 50% protein. Therefore, soybean can significantly boost the protein content of the product. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The next ingredient is modified corn starch. Modified corn starch is derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. The modified term indicates that the corn starch has been treated or processed in order to expose or improve some property. Typically, corn starch is used as a binder in kibble.

Then we have soybean protein concentrate. Soybean protein concentrate is produced by removing the water soluble carbohydrates from soybeans. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The remaining ingredients in this Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle 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 contains artificial preservatives and anonymous meat ingredients.

Many artificial preservatives have adverse health affects and therefore we prefer products preserved naturally. However, artificial preservatives used in very small quantities do not necessarily imply the product is unhealthy or low quality.We'll discuss each category to clarify our position.

Many artificial preservatives contribute to adverse health affects and therefore we prefer products preserved naturally. However, artificial preservatives used in very small quantities do not necessarily imply the product is unhealthy or low quality.

Studies have show that many artificial preservatives are typically safe in small quantities. However, our pets typically consume the same product for multiple years and this type of exposure is not necessarily well researched.

In regards to the anonymous meat ingredients, These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been mentioned earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.

The official PawDiet rating for Kibbles 'n Bits Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables In Gravy is 2.5 out of 5.