Natural Balance Delectable Delights Review

Sea Brulee Stew

Natural Balance Delectable Delights Sea Brulee Stew

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Review of Natural Balance Delectable Delights
Sea Brulee 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 cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Natural Balance Delectable Delights Sea Brulee Stew is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Delectable Delights Sea Brulee 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 whitefish. Although whitefish is an excellent protein and fat source, raw whitefish contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of whitefish 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, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The fifth ingredient is carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Delectable Delights Sea Brulee 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 modified tapioca starch. Tapioca starch 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. The modified term indicates that the tapioca starch has been treated or processed in order to expose or improve some property.

The next ingredient is natural flavor, which is used to enhance the flavor of the food.

Then we have 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.

Moving on, we have sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.

Moving on with this review, 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.

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 calcium sulfate. Calcium sulfate is a food additive that helps control acidity levels and functions as a firming agent. It's not a desirable ingredient, but it is considered safe by the FDA in small quantities.

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

Next on the list is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and cats. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.

The next ingredient in this recipe 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.

Next we have potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

The next ingredient is taurine, which is an amino acid. As with other amino acids, taurine is required for the proper functioning of the body.

Then we have vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by cats.

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 vitamin A supplement. Vitamin A is another essential vitamin.

The next ingredient in this review is vitamin B12 supplement. Vitamin B12 is another essential vitamin.

Our next ingredient is vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 is another essential vitamin.

calcium pantothenate is the next ingredient in this recipe, which is a vitamin B5 supplement.

Next on the list is riboflavin supplement. Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2, it's and essential vitamin required by cats.

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 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 cats. 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 Natural Balance Delectable Delights Sea Brulee Stew is 3.0 out of 5.