|Available from||Pet Circle, My Pet Warehouse|
I’ll write this review slightly differently to the ones I’ve written before, and start by giving Nutra Gold a rating of 4 stars.
This is a new food to our shelves, being sold by My Pet Warehouse. It’s made by Diamond Petfoods in the US who also make Taste of the Wild and Kirkland (sold in CostCo), both decent foods as far as the reviews on this website go.
The ingredients are good quality and in the right order – meat before carbs (turkey and turkey meal), sweet potato as a better selection than potato, peas and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) for added fiber as well as protein.
We find a couple of ominous ingredients in the food. Chicken digest isn’t a pleasant ingredient, being a broth from rendering 4D chickens (poor quality) in a huge pot. We normally see an ingredient such as this in a food with a lot of cheap by-products. Fish meal is another ingredient which tends to be poor quality, often rank fish.
What I can’t ignore with this food is they’ve listed the percentage quantity of two main ingredients – turkey and sweet potato. I wish other manufacturers did this, and it should be compulsory. Sunday Pets list percentages, so credit to them as well.
What can we deduce from this?
Turkey comprises 15% of the food, and this is prior to cooking off between 70 and 80 percent water content. The reality after cooking is more like 5 to 10%. Given ingredients are listed in order of weight prior to cooking, with sweet potato at 15% that means the turkey meal will also be 15%. That means the meat content of the food as a whole is a mere 20 to 25%.
That may be an eye opener, but that’s the reality with most pet foods. This food is far better than many other brands you find in the supermarkets, and at least it isn’t filled to the brim with allergenic grains and other fillers.
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Meat first, sweet potato instead of potato.
Ominous ingredients such as chicken digest and fish meal.
* 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%).
Turkey (15%), turkey meal, sweet potatoes (15%), peas, garbanzo beans, potatoes, chicken fat, tomato pomace, chicken digest, fish meal, flaxseed, salt, dried chicory root (0.05%), tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract.