Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe Review
With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats
Review of Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe
With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats
This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.
According to our data, this Whole Earth Farms recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is produced by cooking turkey using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of turkey and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
The second ingredient is dried potato. Dried potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten-free carbohydrate source. In addition to carbohydrates, dried potatoes also supply protein and various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The third 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.
The fourth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking chicken until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with chicken (i.e. chicken meal).
The fifth ingredient is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which provides a healthy dose of omega-6 fatty acids.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats 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 Whole Earth Farms recipe.
Next we have natural flavor. Natural flavor enhances the flavor of the product. The difference between natural and artificial flavoring is that natural flavoring starts from a plant or animal whereas artificial flavoring is entirely man-made.
The next 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.
Then we have turkey. Although turkey is an excellent protein source, raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of turkey 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.
Moving on, we have duck. Duck is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, duck contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of duck is dramatically reduced after cooking.
Moving on with this review, we have pea fiber. Pea fiber is a concentrated dietary fiber source. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote colon health.
The next ingredient in this review is dried yeast culture. Dried yeast cultures can be defined as "the dried product composed of yeast, and the media it was grown on, dried in such a manner as to preserve the fermenting activity of the yeast." It's primarily used to improve the digestibility of the food.
Our next ingredient is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and cats. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
The remaining ingredients in this Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe 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 cats. 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.
In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
The official PawDiet rating for Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats is 3.0 out of 5.