Is Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food Good?
Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3-star rating — around 31% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.
They seem to have nutrition ratio similar to a common pet food, and contain mainly named ingredents. We think they are fine, and might be best to feed with other pet food with higher meat as a whole to balance the diet.
What We like
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
- No Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
What We Concern
- More than 37% Carbs
- Include Plant Protein in Top 5 ingredients
- Numberous Controversial Ingredients
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Include Ingredients that might be Related to Poor 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 similar ratings. This means they are quite similar.
Recipe to review
To rate Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Chicken.
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||30%|
|Fat||15% or more||17%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||39%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||5.6%|
50 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.
PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
LentilsCarbs, Plant Protein
Pea StarchCarbs, Plant Protein
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Dried EggAnimal Protein
Menhaden Fish OilFat
Dried Tomato PomaceCarbs
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Lactic AcidFood Additive
Citric AcidFood Additive
Yucca Schidigera ExtractCarbs
TipsWe find 7 Concerned and 1 Notice ingredients from Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Chicken. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Pea Starch
- Natural Flavor
- Dried Tomato Pomace
- Sodium Selenite
- Citric Acid
- Dicalcium Phosphate
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.
2 / 7 (29%)in top 7 ingredients
30%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 Medium !
It looks like it contains a moderate amount of meat. Your furbabies should still be fine with it.
Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free 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 5 recipes, the group has an average of 30% protein, 16% fat and 40% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is 0 (%) less than ideal
- Fat is 1 (%) higher than ideal
- Carbs is 12 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food has an carbs level higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Similar nutrition ratio as a common pet food
- Clear, named animal products as main ingredient
- Medium level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3 star rating.
Do we recommend Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Dry Dog Food ?It is a fine pet food that we think it is best to feed with other pet food with higher meat as a whole to balance the diet.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.