|Website:||A La Carte|
|Country of origin:||Australia|
A La Carte has been around a while with a selection of decent grain-based foods. It’s great to see the release of two grain-free formulas which I’ll review here.
I’ll focus on the Chicken, Lentils, and Seaweed recipe, but it’s worth noting the Smoked Salmon & Green Vegetable recipe has a very respectable 32% protein/22% fat for active or working dogs.
Let’s take a look…
Chicken meal as a protein-rich meat ingredient is what we expect to see in a dog food in this day and age, so a big tick there.
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The main source of carbs is potato, which is arguably better than the increasingly common tapioca we find in grain free recipes, but that said sweet potato would be a better choice as it’s lower GI.
The next two ingredients are green peas and chick peas, both of which are easily digested by dogs. They’ll add protein and fibre to the food, and it’s worth noting these ingredients will contribute significantly to the 28% protein in the food and will likely outweigh the meat content. Lentils are a similar ingredient which are also included down in 7th position.
Sweet potato is found as the 5th ingredient, a source of carbs and slow burning energy.
There’s some really nice ingredients in this food to balance it out, with eggs as a great source of nutrients, fish oil and salmon meal as a source of omega fatty acids for healthy joints and coat, and we also find chelated minerals used which are far more bio-available than cheaper mineral inclusions.
Overall this is a decent food. Price wise it’s similar to Black Hawk, but this looks like the better of the two.
A reasonable food for a reasonable price.
Swapping potato with sweet potato would be an improvement. Other top rated foods on this website are higher in protein and lower in carbs.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Chicken meal, potato, green peas, chick peas, sweet potato, chicken fat, lentils, beet pulp, salmon meal, dried egg powder, tomato pomace, fish oil, liquid digest, salt, algae, natural antioxidant, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, potassium chloride, probiotics, vitamins & minerals, cobalt amino acid chelate, biotin, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, niacin pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), thiamine mononitrate (B1), vitamin B12 riboflavin supplement, DL-methionine, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate.