Nature's Recipe Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest Review

Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

Nature's Recipe Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

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Review of Nature's Recipe Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest
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 the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Nature's Recipe Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe 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 Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken. Although chicken is an excellent protein source, raw chicken contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of chicken 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 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 third ingredient is potato flour. Potato flour is a gluten-free carbohydrate source made from whole potatoes. Because the entire potato (including skin) is used, potato flour does provide a notable amount of vitamins and minerals.

The fourth 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 fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Nature's Recipe Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest 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 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 next ingredient is 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).

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 natural flavor, which is used to enhance the flavor of the food.

The next ingredient in this review is 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.

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 canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The next ingredient in this recipe is potassium chloride. Potassium chloride 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 Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest 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 Large Breed Grain Free Easy To Digest Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe is 2.5 out of 5.