By Nature Organic Chicken and Chicken Liver Formula
Organic Chicken, Organic Chicken Livers, Water, Organic Pea Flour, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate , Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite
Red = not good
Purple = can be taken as good or bad
Summary of Ingredients
This formula contains organic meat sources, meaning the meat used is free from antibiotics or growth hormones. It is all natural meat. This is considered very good quality. It is important to note that the non-organic By Nature formulas do contain both carrageenan and guar gum. Those formulas would bump down to the middle tier mainly due to the carrageenan.
This formula does contain organic guar gum. In this instance organic doesn’t make it good. It is still a thickening agent that interferes with the absorption of protein. And while the food doesn’t contain carrageenan, it does contain a second thickening agent. These ingredients are not ideal, but in commercial foods they are usually present. Guar gum is a better option than locust bean gum yet locust bean gum is a better option than carrageenan. Locust bean gum can have some effects on the gastrointestinal system. It doesn’t have the controversy attached to it like carrageenan does.
Organic pea flour is still a filler ingredient. The fact that it is organic is nice, but it is still hard for the cat to digest. It is a better alternative compared to corn or wheat. Ultimately its inclusion in this formula can be considered both good and bad for these reasons.
Overall, this is a nutritious meal with meat protein sources. This is the main thing you want to see in cat food and this formula does provide that. There are carbohydrate substitutes, something often seen in commercial cat food. Food thickeners are not ideal either but are hard to avoid unfortunately. The fact that filler ingredients are kept to a minimum and By Nature focuses on providing a quality canned food push it to the top tier.
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