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I wasn’t impressed with the original offerings from Bil-Jac, but their grain free food is an improvement. There’s a distinct lack of by-products and corn in this food which is great in comparison to their other foods. We still find brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. in the top ingredients which is a shame.
Chicken is the top ingredient which is good, with Menhaden fish meal in 3rd which is a bonus source of protein and essential oils. Pea starch is the second ingredient which is ok and will constitute a fair proportion of the 30% protein in the food. Pea protein isn’t as digestible as meat protein, but it’s a reasonable inclusion.
The 4th and 5th ingredients really let the food down. Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. is a waste product, used in dog foods to bulk them up. Beet pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets. is a cheap ingredient that provides fibre and artificially hardens stools. It’s a slightly controversial ingredient and there are better alternatives.
If you’re on a tight budget then this food has some merits, and it’s definitely better than the other foods on offer from Bil-Jac.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is the main ingredient.
….and what’s not so good.
Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. and beet pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets..
Chicken, Pea Starch, Menhaden Fish Meal, Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Brewers Dried Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., Lignin Sulfonate, 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., DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., Sodium Propionate and Mixed Tocopherols (preservatives), Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (Vitamin B6), Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., D-Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Inositol★★★ Standard source, non-vitamin B-Complex metabolizes blood fats., BHA (a preservative), Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Zinc Oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Cobalt Carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..