Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Review

Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

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Review of Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy
Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

This product is manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands.

According to our data, this Nature's Recipe recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe 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 Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

The second 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 third ingredient is 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 fourth ingredient is 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.

The fifth ingredient is pea. Peas are high-protein legumes which supply a healthy dose of dietary fiber and several important vitamins and minerals.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe 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 poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Poultry fat is a by-product of poultry tissue rendering. Poultry fat is a controversial ingredient because the specific protein is not specified. Such ingredients are typically low-quality in comparison to named poultry fats (e.g. chicken fat, turkey fat).

The next 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.

Then we have apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

Moving on, we have pumpkin. Pumpkin is an excellent carbohydrate source, rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. It's also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.

Moving on with this review, we have 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 next ingredient in this review is natural flavor. The sole purpose of natural flavor is to improve palatability.

Our next ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

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 fat product. Fat product is controversial because the source of the fat is not identified. Ingredients which do not clearly specific a source are typically very low quality ingredients.

The next ingredient in this recipe is potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

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

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

Then we have l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, which is a feed-grade vitamin C supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy 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 contains anonymous meat ingredients. These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.

The official PawDiet rating for Nature's Recipe Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe is 2.5 out of 5.