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The thing I love about the Chicken Soup foods are that they have their priorities in order (meat first) and that they throw an entire garden’s worth of fruits and veggies into the food. It’s quite the eclectic list of ingredients here…
First, they have 4 meat products to start the product, which is among the best you will see anywhere. The grains they use afterwards are the types we like to see, such as rice and oatmeal. There aren’t any cheap fillers like corn, soy or wheat.
There are potatoes for a high-quality carb source, and eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. for further protein. Duck and salmon are somewhat far down the list, but they only add to the variety of meat sources in this food. Plus, look at the fruits and veggies: carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., apples, tomatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes. and spinach. It’s hard to beat that.
All of this in a food that is VERY reasonably priced!
What’s good about this food….
Awesome meat content, no fillers or by-prodcuts, quality grains, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., many fruits and veggies.
….and what’s not so good.
Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, ocean fish★★★★★ Quality cold water fish, highly nutritious, high in fatty acids. meal, cracked pearled barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality.★★★★★ A nutritive, wonderful grain., whole grain brown rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., oatmeal, millet, white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), potatoes, egg product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., tomato pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset., duck, salmon, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., natural chicken flavor, choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., dried chicory root, kelp, carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., apples, tomatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., Enterococcus faecieum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, iron proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., zinc proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., potassium iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., 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., ascorbic acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., vitamin D supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis..