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This food from Nutro seems so very basic to me. They’ve incorporated a sole meat source, with a few grain ingredients behind it, and that seems to be it. No healthy oils for Omega fatty acids or lineolic acid, no alternative meat sources, no fruits or vegetables. It’s actually one of the simplest foods I’ve seen, save for the loads of ingredients most of us can’t even pronounce.
Nutro has two main lines: Natural Choice and Max. In the case of both cats and dogs, Max is the weaker of the two. Due to the high use of corn gluten, wheat and lack of other nutrients/ingredients that should be basic in a supposed “premium” food, I would recommend against Nutro Max.
What’s good about this food….
Beef meal★★★★★ Dehydrated whole muscle meat, packs more protein pound for pound. is first, rice is top grain.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn gluten meal is 3rd, multiple wheat ingredients, no Omega sources, no fruits/veggies.
Beef Meal★★★★★ Dehydrated whole muscle meat, packs more protein pound for pound., Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Rice Bran, Ground Whole Wheat, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Wheat Flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., Natural Flavors, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Monosodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Potassium Carbonate, Yeast Culture, L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., 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., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Iron Oxide★ Can be cultivated from rust!, Dried Kelp, Lecithin★★★★★ A natural antioxidant, very beneficial., Garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! Flavor, Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative. (source of Vitamin C), Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (source of Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (source of Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (source of Vitamin B6), 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., 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).