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The “Healthy Naturals” line from Iams is moderately better than their base Iams line, but not by much. Plus, is it saying much to say that any food is better than Iams? It’s like saying what you’re eating is more nutritious than a Big Mac…we need to know HOW MUCH more nutritious it is…and like I said, this is only moderately (read: a little) better.
There’s good here and there’s bad. Chicken being the number one ingredient is good (even if it’s BEFORE dehydration weight), and so is having chicken meal as the 6th. It’s great to see eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. included for the proteins, and fish oil for the Omega fatty acids. It is not, however, good to see by-products sitting in the 2nd slot, or corn meal in the 3rd. Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. is a waste of space in the 4th slot as well. At least they used a quality grain for number 5: barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality..
So in the end, it’s a mix. The additions of apples, carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber. and peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are a nice touch. If you’re going to buy your food at Walmart, this may be the best you can do. I’d ask that any pet owner get away from grocery stores to buy pet food, but this is the least offensive. It could have been much better, though.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first ingredient, chicken meal included, fish oil is present, barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality..
….and what’s not so good.
By-products are top protein source, corn is top grain used, meat content is suspect.
Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Brewer Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Dried Egg Product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., Natural Chicken Flavor, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Brewers Dried Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., Dried Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Vitamins (Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol★★★ Standard source, non-vitamin B-Complex metabolizes blood fats., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.), Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Dried Spinach, Dried Tomato, Minerals (Zinc Oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Cobalt Carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis.), Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..