Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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  • Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
  • Published on: August 2, 2014
  • Last modified: February 16, 2017
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Review Summary:

Relatively high in dietary fiber, lots of ingredients for various natural sources of nutrients. The minerals are chelated for better absorption by the body. There are a few ingredients that are carbohydrate heavy, which maybe more than necessary your dog’s diet. Overall, it is a better than the average dog food.

Pros

  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Chelated minerals
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Minimal nutritional information
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    20% (min) 6% (min) 7% (max) 10% (max) 49% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 415 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium 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  0.2%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  2.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Deboned Chicken
    2. Whole Ground Brown Rice
    3. Whole Ground Barley
    4. Oatmeal
    5. Chicken Meal

    Chicken is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice.  It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Whole ground barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs.

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Chicken 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.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Rye is a cereal grain that is rich in fiber and carbohydrates.

    Rice bran is the outer layer of whole grain brown rice. This part of the rice is rich in fiber and carbohydrates.

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

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Garlic is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    Dried yeast is a good source for proteins and vitamins. The proteins from yeast are complete and it offers good B-complex vitamins particular. However, a possible drawback is some dogs maybe allergic or will develop an allergy toward yeast. Thus, take caution and keep an eagle eye on your dog.

    All Ingredients

    Deboned Chicken, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Meal, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Rye, Rice Bran, Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Apples, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Pumpkin, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Turmeric, Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  CJ Foods
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

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

    Date Brand Reason
    11/25/2015 Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmonella
    05/31/2016 Blue Buffalo Life Protection Mold
    02/14/2017 Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Aluminum metal fragments

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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