Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Review

Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground

Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground

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Review of Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest
Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground

This product is manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands.

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

Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground 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 Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is water sufficient for processing, which adds necessary moisture to the food.

The second ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal contains more than 50% protein. Therefore, soybean can significantly boost the protein content of the product. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The third 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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground 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 Nature's Recipe recipe.

Next we have rice flour. Rice flour is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are included in the flour, rice flour can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The next ingredient is cracked barley. Cracked barley is a nutritious carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. Unlike pearled barley, cracked barley contains the entire grain.

Then we have potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Moving on, we have canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.

Moving on with this review, we have dicalcium phosphate. Dicalcium phosphate (misnomer for dibasic calcium phosphate) is commonly used in pet food and treats as a dietary calcium supplement. It can also be found in breakfast cereals, enriched flour, noodle products, pharmaceutical tablets, and toothpastes.

The next ingredient in this review is carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Our next ingredient is 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.

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

Next on the list is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

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

The remaining ingredients in this Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest 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 Nature's Recipe Easy To Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe Homestyle Ground is 2.5 out of 5.