Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Review

Chicken Formula

Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Chicken Formula

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Review of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food
Chicken 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 all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Chicken Formula 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 Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Chicken Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

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

The third ingredient is chicken liver. Organ meats like chicken liver are an excellent source of protein, fat, and essential vitamins and minerals. Although organs may not sound appealing, organs are an important component of a carnivorous animal's diet.

The fourth 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.

The fifth ingredient is carrot, which provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Chicken 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 oat bran. Oat grains can be divided into three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the grain. The bran is an excellent fiber source, it also provide all three macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and various vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient is potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Then we have chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

Moving on, 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.

Moving on with this review, we have l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, which is a feed-grade vitamin C supplement.

The next ingredient in this review is vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.

The remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food 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 Ultra Premium Dog Food Chicken Formula is 3.5 out of 5.