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The Freedom range from the Blue Buffalo Company is a lower-protein alternative to their Wilderness range. This food would be great for older or less active dogs. It’s grain free too, which you can’t complain about.
The top ingredient is de-boned chicken, backed up by chicken meal. This is a great start and what we like to see. We also see Turkey Meal further down the ingredients as an additional protein source.
Next in the line are peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., potatoes, and pea starch, all great choices of carbs for a lower energy diet. Potatoes are one of the best sources of carbs. Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are too, as well as being a source of other nutrients and omega-3 fats.
In keeping with Wilderness, the food is packed with legumes and fruit such as carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., sweet potatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., and cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract.. We also find flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. and alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. high in the ingredients list which is a nice touch. The array of vitamins is plentiful.
I rate the Blue Buffalo company and recommend their food, this one included. 5 star.
What’s good about this food….
Decent meat and carbohydrate content, making this a good food for less active dogs. A great list of fruits and vegetables, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., and tons of vitamins.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing to report.
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Potatoes, Pea Starch, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and Citric Acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Turkey Meal, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset. (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. Meal, Potato Starch, Whole Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE!, Dried Kelp, 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., Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., Glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency. Hydrochloride★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency., Chondroitin Sulfate★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, too expensive to use enough in food for therapeutic response., Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Dried Chicory Root, Beta Carotene★★★★ Source of Vitamin A precursor, aids immune response, allergy control, slows aging., 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. (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (Vitamin B2), Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity. (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (Vitamin B6), Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat. (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis. (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Calcium Ascorbate★★★★★ Buffered source of Vitamin C. (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Iron Amino Acid★★★ Good source of iron needed for red blood cell production. Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of zinc, improves use, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of manganese necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of copper, improves use, needed for iron absorption, bone formation, protein metabolism and blood clotting., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., 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., Caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Dicalcium Phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. fermentation product.