Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Review

Salmon & Chickpea Recipe

Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Chickpea Recipe

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Review of Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food
Salmon & Chickpea Recipe

This product is manufactured by Dogswell.

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

Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Chickpea 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 Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Chickpea Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is salmon. Although salmon is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw salmon contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of salmon 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 menhaden meal. Menhaden meal is produced by cooking menhaden using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of menhaden and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

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

The fourth ingredient is chickpea. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

The fifth ingredient is salmon meal. Salmon meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking salmon until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with salmon (i.e. salmon meal).

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Chickpea 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 Nutrisca recipe.

Next we have dehydrated alfalfa meal. Dehydrated alfalfa meal is produced from the alfalfa flowering plant. it's rich in plant based protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient is sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.

Then we have flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Moving on, we have pea starch. Pea starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from peas. Typically, pea starch is used as a binder in kibble.

Moving on with this review, we have salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

The next ingredient in this review is natural flavor, which enhances the flavor of the food.

Our next ingredient is dried egg product. Dried egg product consists of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.

dried tomato pomace is the next ingredient in this recipe. Dried 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.

The remaining ingredients in this Nutrisca Grain Free Dry 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 Nutrisca Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Chickpea Recipe is 5.0 out of 5.