Nature’s Recipe Pure Essentials Grain Free Adult Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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  • Nature's Recipe Pure Essentials Grain Free Adult Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
  • Published on: January 29, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

There is not much nutritional information beyond the minimal required by AAFCO –disappointing. Another unfavorable note is the added Tapioca starch, which just provides carbohydrates. This combined with other starchy ingredients may provide more carbohydrates than required by some dogs. On the positive note it does proteinate its minerals for better body absorption and it is relatively high in dietary fiber. Overall, this recipe is around average.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in fiber
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Cons

  • Not enough nutritional info
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    25% (min) 12% (min) 6% (max) 10% (max) 39% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories NA
    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 NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Potatoes
    4. Peas
    5. Sweet Potatoes

    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.

    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.

    Potatoes are 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.

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta –carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type..

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.

    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.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Apples, Pea Protein, Tomato Pomace, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar), Salt, Flaxseed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid (Used As A Preservative), L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Nature’s Recipe
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

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

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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