Natural Balance Delectable Delights Review

ChopLick'n Stew

Natural Balance Delectable Delights ChopLick'n Stew

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Review of Natural Balance Delectable Delights
ChopLick'n Stew

This product is manufactured by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Natural Balance Pet Foods is a subsidiary of Big Heart Pet Brands. In addition to Natural Balance, Big Heart Pet Brands also owns Nature's Recipe, Milk Bone, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, PupPeroni, Ally Cat, and several other brands.

According to our data, this Natural Balance recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Natural Balance Delectable Delights ChopLick'n Stew is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Delectable Delights ChopLick'n Stew with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

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

The second ingredient is tuna. Although tuna is an excellent protein source, raw tuna contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of tuna 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 lamb. Lamb is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, lamb contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of lamb is dramatically reduced after cooking.

The fourth ingredient is dried egg. Dried eggs consist 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.

The fifth ingredient is brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Delectable Delights ChopLick'n Stew 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 Natural Balance recipe.

Next we have 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 next ingredient is carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Then we have pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

Moving on, we have canola oil. Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.

Moving on with this review, 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.

The next ingredient in this review is tricalcium phosphate. Tricalcium phosphate is typically used for its mineral contents. However, it can also be used to evenly disperse fat in wet food products.

Our next ingredient is guar gum. 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.

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

Next on the list is caramel color. Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The next ingredient in this recipe is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Next we have vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.

The next ingredient is vitamin B12 supplement. Vitamin B12 is another essential vitamin.

Then we have vitamin A supplement. Vitamin A is another essential vitamin.

Moving on, 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.

Moving on with this review, we have calcium pantothenate, which is a vitamin B5 supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Delectable Delights recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

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 Natural Balance Delectable Delights ChopLick'n Stew is 3.0 out of 5.