Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula Review

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula

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Review of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets
Sweet Potato & Venison Formula

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 Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula 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 Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

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

The third ingredient is venison. Although venison is an excellent protein source, raw venison contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of venison 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 potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

The fifth ingredient is potato protein. Potato protein is produced by extracting the starch of potatoes. This process results in a high protein and low ash ingredient called potato protein.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula 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 dehydrated potato. Dehydrated potatoes provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, dehydrated potatoes are gluten free and therefore commonly found in grain free and gluten free products.

The next ingredient is canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.

The remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets 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 Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula is 3.0 out of 5.