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Natural Choice is the best food available from Nutro. It’s not a bad food, and compared to Nutro Max, it’s REALLY good. Natural Choice doesn’t contain any corn or wheat, by-products, or animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.. This is really good to see, and it gives me confidence that the company is putting forth an effort at least, unlike so many other big companies.
One thing I’d like to see from Nutro is the inclusion of fruits and vegetables as a natural vitamin and fiber source. They don’t seem to do that. They do, however, include sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. for lineolic acid (helps with skin and coat), and thats a solid ingredient. The use of rice as the sole grain is excellent too.
What lets this food down is the inclusion of brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. and rice bran in the top ingredients. These are cheap fillers and provide little nutritional value, and may lead to digestive upset and diabetes in dogs.
Natural Choice seems to be readily available, so you’ll find it at most retailers. If you are shopping at a Petsmart or Walmart for your pet food, this is around the best you’ll do. The price is reasonable, so if you can’t afford premium brands then this is an improvement on other readily available foods.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken and chicken meal are high on ingredients, inclusion of rice, oatmeal, sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved., no corn or wheat.
….and what’s not so good.
Rice bran and rice flour are not the best way to include rice.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole 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., Brewers Rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., Rice Bran, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Dried Plain Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Sunflower Oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Soybean Oil★★★ Source of fat for energy, healthy coat. Fine for dogs. (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), 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., 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., 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., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. (source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement (Vitamin B2), 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., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Selenium Yeast, Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (Vitamin B1), 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., Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract