Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Review

Hero's Banquet

Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Hero's Banquet

PawDiet Rating

3.50

Review of Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy
Hero's Banquet

This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.

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

Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Hero's Banquet 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 Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Hero's Banquet with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is turkey. Although turkey is an excellent protein source, raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of turkey 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 turkey broth. Turkey broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, turkey broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The third ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a common gluten free carbohydrate source in pet food. In addition to its fiber content, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, an important antioxidant which serves as a precursor to vitamin A.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg product. Dried 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Hero's Banquet 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 Merrick recipe.

Next we have carrot. Carrots are naturally rich in many vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient is pear. With the exception of dietary fiber, pears do not provide any significant nutritional value.

Then we have natural flavor. The sole purpose of natural flavor is to improve palatability.

Moving on, we have potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free ingredient extracted from potatoes. Unlike whole potatoes, the starch itself does not provide a notable amount of nutrition.

Moving on with this review, we have turkey liver. Turkey liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, turkey liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient in this review is dried pea. Dried peas are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

Our next ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

guar gum is the next ingredient in this recipe. Guar gum (or guaran) is obtained from guar beans which have been dehusked, milled and screened. It's commonly used in wet food products as a thickening agent and provides a notable amount of dietary fiber.

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

The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy 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 Merrick Classic Recipe In Gravy Hero's Banquet is 3.5 out of 5.