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Nature’s Recipe is a food I’ve only seen at Petco, which leads me to believe it may be their house brand, although I am not positive of this. They do some things right and some things wrong, like many of the foods I’d considered to be “mid-grade”. This food does make an astonishingly bad choice however. More on that….
We see salmon, salmon meal and herring meal in this food. This indicates that there are high quality meat products in this food, and since they are fish, they should also supply those very needed Omega fatty acids. That being said, other than rice, the grain choices are awful. Corn as the 2nd and 3rd leading ingredients? Not a good choice at all. Ah but it gets worse…they actually use “animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.” in this food. That’s a huge problem. This is a really bad ingredient usually relegated to really cheap foods. Even Iams doesn’t use it! That really hurts my opinion on this food.
Two stars for getting the meat at least right, but pretty much failing the rest.
What’s good about this food….
Two named meats to match the label, including first ingredient. Rice used as a grain. Herring meal also included.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn as 2nd and 3rd ingredient, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. used, calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods. is very high on list.
Salmon, corn, corn gluten meal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), rice, salmon meal, dried egg, beet pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., herring meal, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., dried chicory root, yeast culture, sodium tripolyphosphate★ Used as rancid meat preservative., vitamins (vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. (source of vitamin C), niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. supplement, inositol★★★ Standard source, non-vitamin B-Complex metabolizes blood fats., vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., d-calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (source of vitamin B6), riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex★★★ Standard source of Vitamin K activity, necessary for blood clotting, aids as anti-parasitic for intestinal worms. (source of vitamin K activity), beta-carotene, vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response.), potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., L-lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., malt syrup, minerals (zinc proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., zinc oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., iron proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., copper proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, manganese proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., manganous oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., L-tryptophan, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic. (used as a preservative).