Best Natural Balance Dog Food Ingredients:
The first ingredient which makes up the bulk of Best Natural Balance’s dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal contains approximately 70% water, so it requires less processing before being used in your pet’s diet.
However, there are many other lesser known health benefits associated with eating chicken. For example, chicken contains all nine essential amino acids required for normal growth and development. Additionally, chickens have been shown to contain trace minerals such as manganese, copper and zinc. Chicken is considered one of the top sources of protein available to pets due to its high quality proteins.
Chicken Meal Cost per pound: $0.99
The second ingredient includes corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is made from the left over stalks after milling whole kernels of the grain.
Because it is made from partially digested grains, it must undergo further processing before it can be used in your pet’s diet. After milling, most companies only remove the outermost layer (the cobs) and are unable to determine if there are any remaining intact kernels within the cobs. Corn gluten is typically used as a protein source, and our pet food formulas contain between 22% – 35%.
Corn Gluten Meal Cost per pound: $0.15
The third ingredient in this stew like mixture is meat and bone meal. Meat and bone meal is a dehydration process of sorts for meals such as chicken, beef, pork, lamb or fish.
This concentrated mixture of proteins must be cooked before feeding to your pet. The cost factor is low compared to Whole Meals, and it contains valuable amino acids.
Meat and Bone Meal (Dehydrated) Cost per pound: $0.90
The fourth ingredient is animal digest. Animal Digest is a product that results from the chemical and heat processing of clean meat animal tissue.
This product contains all protein except histidine, and lacks fatty acids. It is especially high in salt/sodium.
The fifth ingredient is corn gluten meal. This is the leftover starchy part of the corn after most of the nutrients have been removed.
It is often used as an inexpensive flavoring agent to improve taste.
Corn Gluten Meal Cost per pound: $0.08
Because this recipe contains both whole and Ground peas, two different fiber sources, we are not able to provide a breakdown of fiber content. In general, however, whole food ingredients do provide more fiber than grain products.
The next ingredient in this dog food is oatmeal. Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and usually rich in B-vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, copper and amino acids.
It is often used as a protein source in pet food.
The next ingredient is beef. Like all organ meats, beef contains many nutrients.
It contains more vitamins and minerals than any other type of meat per weight unit. It is also higher in unsaturated fats and lower in cholesterol.
The next ingredient is dried egg product. Dried commercial egg product contains the shells of eggs and as such, doesn’t contain the same nutrition profile of whole eggs.
Science has found that eggs contain at least 13 different vitamins and minerals and there are selenium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin A among them. Dried egg product is often used in pet food to boost the protein content.
Then we have brewers rice. Brewers rice represents the small fragments of rice kernel that are broken during the milling process of refining rice.
It is a lower quality grain that has one out of every five grains or so not fully matured. As a result it is less nutritious than whole grain rice.
The next ingredient is corn. Corn is a cereal grain which provides a corn starch known as corn flour.
It also gives the food substance to the pet food.
Then we have animal fat. Animal fat is a controversial ingredient because it can come from nowhere else but an animal.
This means dead animals, which if not handled properly, can lead to other problems. In pet food, animal fat can be used in small quantities as it contains much needed Omega-3 fatty acids. Just don’t expect this ingredient to be high quality.
Next on the list is dried tomato pomace. Dried tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato processing.
It’s considered a waste product from the perspective of the tomato canning industry, but it’s commonly used for animal feed.
dried brewers yeast is the next ingredient on the list. Dried brewers yeast is a by-product of the beer making process.
Aside from protein, this ingredient contains many minerals and B-vitamins.
The next item is natural flavor. The ingredient label is unable to identify what exact flavor this is.
It may include such ingredients as meat, bone, blood or some type of vegetable material.
Next we have salt. Salt is used in pet food mainly to make the food appealing to our taste buds and to balance out the flavor.
The next ingredient is potassium chloride.Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
The next ingredient in this recipe is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex.
It has been added to this recipe as a source of the B-vitamin, choline.
The next ingredient is ferrous sulfate. Ferrous sulfate is most likely added to this food as a source of iron.
Iron is an essential mineral that pets need in their diet.
Next we have riboflavin, another B-vitamin added to this mix.
Then we have vitamin A supplement. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that pets must get from their diet.
It’s responsible for good vision as well as a strong immune system.
The next ingredient in this food is niacin. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3 is another essential vitamin required by pets.
Next we have menadione sodium bisulfite complex. Menadione sodium bisulfite complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K.
Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that pets need in their diet.
The next ingredient in this food is chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is added to pet food as a dietary supplement.
It’s a chemical that’s found in joints and bones.
Next we have calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil.
It’s used in this food as a source of calcium and also to balance out the pH levels.
The next ingredient in this food is potassium phosphate. Potassium phosphate is another chemical added to balance out the pH level.
Next we have sodium selenite. Sodium selenite is a form of supplement for the dietary requirement of selenium.
Then we have copper sulfate and lastly menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfite. These two additives are synthetics used to replace vitamin K that was lost through processing.
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