Is Essential Foods Dry Dog Food Good?
Essential Foods Dry Dog Food is a "nearly best" pet food line with a 4.5-star rating — around 7% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.
They seem to be higher in protein and less in carbs, contain mainly named animal products as main ingredients, and a significant amount of meat. We recommend this!
What We like
- Consists Mostly Good Quality Ingredients
- No Plant Protein in Top Ingredients
- No Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
What We Concern
- More than 34% Carbs
- Seems No Organic Minerals
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have different ratings. This means they might be designed a bit differently.
Recipe to review
To rate Essential Foods Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen The Beginning (Red).
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||30% or more||38%|
|Fat||15% or more||23%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||26%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||3.8%|
37 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Freshly Prepared ChickenAnimal Protein
Fresh DuckAnimal Protein
Dried ChickenAnimal Protein
Dried DuckAnimal Protein
PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Freshly Prepared SalmonAnimal Protein
Freshly Prepared TroutAnimal Protein
Whole EggAnimal Protein
Animal LiverAnimal Protein
LucerneCarbs, Plant Protein
I quite like the overall ingredients from this recipe.
There are 1 Concerned and 1 Notice ingredients from The Beginning (Red). Check from the above list to view the details.
- Animal Liver
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
0 / 7 (0%)in top 7 ingredients
38%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be High !
It looks like it is made of primarily animal ingredients, and most protein should come from animal sources. Your furbabies will love it just like me!
Essential Foods Dry Dog Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 9 recipes, the group has an average of 33% protein, 17% fat and 37% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is 3 (%) higher than ideal
- Fat is 2 (%) higher than ideal
- Carbs is 9 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Essential Foods Dry Dog Food has an carbs level that is higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Higher Protein and lower carbs
- Major ingredients from animals
- High level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Essential Foods Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 4.5 star rating.
Do we recommend Essential Foods Dry Dog Food ?It is a good quality above average pet food that we recommend.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.