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Earthborn make some decent foods, and I believe this is one of the best. It’s grain free which is great, the ingredients are well chosen, and it’s also relatively cheap! The protein in this food is around 38% which is evidence there’s a decent amount of meat content in the food.
The main ingredients are turkey meal and then chicken meal. Both are excellent protein sources and it’s not often we see two meat meals in the first two ingredients. Potatoes are a solid inclusion for carbs and are easily digestible to dogs. We find chicken fat and whitefish meal, both are good sources of vitamins and omega fatty acids as well as the latter adding a protein boost. Egg product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell. is also included as a further protein source, but that isn’t as good as seeing whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. in the food.
There’s a range of fruits and vegetables which is good to see. The minerals are all standard sources compared to brands like Canidae and Artemis that seem to use slightly more digestible variations. I won’t complain though, as the food is very good as a whole. Especially for the price.
Earthborn certainly holds it’s own as a five star food, making this one of the cheapest decent food available. Recommended.
What’s good about this food….
Great meat ingredients of a high quality and protein analysis to prove it. Good choice of carbs, vegetables, fruits.
….and what’s not so good.
Egg product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell. and tomato pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset. aren’t wonderful, but this is a small point.
Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Whitefish Meal, Dried 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., Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Blueberry Fiber, Cranberry Fiber, Apples, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Spinach, Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., 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., 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., Beta-Carotene, L-Carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard 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., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., 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., 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., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., 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., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, 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., Cobalt Carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Yucca Schidgera Extract, Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.