Is Nature’s Recipe Original Dry Dog Food Good?
Nature’s Recipe Original Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 stars rating — accounts for 8% of all the pet food we review.
They seem to have a certain level of carbs, and contain some ingredients we concern. We do not recommend this pet food.
What We like
- No Plant Protein in Top Ingredients
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
What We Concern
- Relatively Low Level of Protein
- More than 37% Carbs
- Numberous Controversial Ingredients
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Contain Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
- 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 Nature’s Recipe Original Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Nature's Recipe Original Adult Chicken Meal & Rice.
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||23%|
|Fat||15% or more||13%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||50%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||4.4%|
41 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.
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Sodium TripolyphosphateFood Additive
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Menadione Sodium Bisulfite ComplexSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Lactic AcidFood Additive
Yucca Schidigera ExtractCarbs
Citric AcidFood Additive
TipsWe find 6 Concerned and 4 Notice ingredients from Nature's Recipe Original Adult Chicken Meal & Rice. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Natural Flavor
- Tomato Pomace
- Sodium Selenite
- Citric Acid
- Brewers Rice
- Poultry Fat
- Sodium Tripolyphosphate
- Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
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
23%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 Low to medium !
It looks like it contains some amount of meat. Your furbabies would prefer something with more meat!
Nature’s Recipe Original 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 24% protein, 13% fat and 49% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is -6 (%) less than ideal
- Fat is -2 (%) less than ideal
- Carbs is 21 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Nature’s Recipe Original 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:
- Nutrition ratio, mainly the level of carbs raises our attention
- Ingredients might be worth to take a second look
- Low to medium level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Nature’s Recipe Original Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 star rating.
Do we recommend Nature’s Recipe Original Dry Dog Food ?There are several things make us concerned, so we do not recommend it. If there is a very strong reason for you to choose it, try to mix with other pet food with higher meat to balance the diet.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.