Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Review

Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato

Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato

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Review of Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct
Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato

This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.

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

Unlike other AAFCO approved dog foods which rely in laboratory testing to substantiate nutritional adequacy, this recipe has undergone feeding trials. In the pet food industry, feeding trials are often considered to be the superior testing method.

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef 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 pea starch. Pea starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from peas. Typically, pea starch is used as a binder in kibble.

The fourth ingredient is canola meal. Canola meal is a high protein by-product of canola oil production. This ingredient is marked controversial because it may be derived from genetically modified rapeseed, which is associated with multiple adverse health affects.

The fifth ingredient is cassava root flour. Cassava root flour is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates are a necessary component in producing kibble and cassava root flour is an excellent choice in this regard.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato 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 Purina One recipe.

Next we have beef fat. Fat is an important part of your dogs diet, beef fat in particular is a good source of essential fatty acids.

The 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.

Then we have 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 remaining ingredients in this Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct 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 Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain-Free Formula With Beef & Sweet Potato is 3.0 out of 5.