Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Review

With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables

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Review of Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe
With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables

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 Puppy Recipe With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables 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 Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first 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 second ingredient is brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

The third ingredient is oatmeal. Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The fourth ingredient is pearled barley. Pearled barley is barley with the outer husk and bran layers removed. Similar to regular barley, pearled barley provides carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Pearled barley is however not as nutritious as regular whole grain barley.

The fifth ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavoring does not contribute any nutritional value.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables 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 chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which is most likely used because of it's essential omega-6 fatty acid content.

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

Then we have chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

Moving on, we have potato protein. Potato protein is produced by extracting the starch of potatoes. This process results in a high protein and low ash ingredient called potato protein.

Moving on with this review, we have 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 remaining ingredients in this Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

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 Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe With Lean Proteins, Whole Grains & Vegetables is 3.0 out of 5.