Natural Balance L.I.D. Potato & Duck Dry Dog Formula

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  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Potato & Duck Dry Dog Formula
  • Published on: January 29, 2015
  • Last modified: June 19, 2015
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Review Summary:

There isn’t much nutritional information listed on the label. At least, it does share Omega fatty acid content, but it could disclose more. The first ingredient is not meat, which isn’t a good start. In fact, this recipe appears stingy on meat sources. If you look at the estimated non-dietary carbs, it is significantly higher than most other dog recipes. If you dog’s weight is a concern then be cautious when considering this recipe. On a positive note, the minerals are proteinate. Overall, this recipe offerings are limited and thus it is slightly below average.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Cons

  • Not enough nutritional info on vitamins & minerals
  • Potatoes is the first ingredient and not a meat
  • No information on where it is manufactured
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    21% (min) 10% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 48% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 375 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  0.5%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  1.7%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Potatoes
    2. Duck Meal
    3. Duck
    4. Canola Oil
    5. Potato Protein

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Duck meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Duck is a good and tasty, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water. Too bad it isn’t the first ingredient.

    Canola oil is low in saturated fat and offers both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.  If it matter to you, then please note, it is very likely sourced from genetically modified crops.

    Potato Protein is a good supplemental protein to meat.  It is processed potatoes with most of the starch removed. At the same time, dietary fiber is eliminated too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    None

    All Ingredients

    Potatoes, Duck Meal, Duck, Canola Oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Potato Protein, Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Salmon Oil (a source of DHA), Calcium Carbonate, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Natural Balance (Owned by Del Monte)
    Location(s): Unknown

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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