Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Review
Review of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food
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 Lamb Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Lamb Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is lamb. Although lamb is an excellent protein source, raw lamb contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of lamb 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 lamb broth. Lamb broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, lamb broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is lamb liver. Lamb liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, lamb liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.
The fourth ingredient is carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.
The fifth ingredient is 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.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Ultra Premium Dog Food Lamb 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 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 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 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, we have lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
Moving on with this review, we have canola oil. Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.
The next ingredient in this review is dried kelp, which is a nutritionally dense seaweed. Kelp is naturally rich in a multitude of vitamins and minerals.
Our next ingredient is sodium chloride. Sodium chloride (or salt) is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of sodium chloride used (which we cannot determine), sodium chloride may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
potassium chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
Next on the list is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.
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 choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
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.
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 Lamb Formula is 3.5 out of 5.