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When available, each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile... Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental, or Unspecified.ProductRatingAAFCOI and You Nude Food Simply Sea5AI and You Nude Food Poultry Palooza5AI and You Nude Food Red Meat Medley4.5A
Recipe and Label Analysis
I and Love and You Nude Food Red Meat Medley was chosen to represent the line's other products for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
The nutrient and label data presented below are calculated on a dry matter basis.
Nude Food Red Meat Medley I and Love and You
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
38% protein | 17% fat | 38% carbs38% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 38%
Ingredients include pork, beef meal, herring meal, peas, chickpeas, pea protein, dried egg product, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea starch, wild boar, sweet potatoes, pork liver, dried carrots, whole ground flaxseeds, ground miscanthus grass, natural flavors, olive oil, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, pantothenic acid,pea protein, dried egg product, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea starch, wild boar, sweet potatoes, pork liver, dried carrots, whole ground flaxseeds, ground miscanthus grass, natural flavors, olive oil, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, potassium chloride, apples, yeast culture, sodium bicarbonate, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation product, dried Candida rugosa fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese oxide, calcium iodate, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, coconut oil, fish oil, dried chicory root, salt, pumpkin, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), rosemary extract, turmeric, Yucca schidigera extract
5.6% fiber (estimated dry matter content)5.6%
Red denotes controversial item denotes controversial itemMethodProteinFatCarbsGuaranteed Analysis34%NADry Matter Basis388 Lorie Weighted Basis3352%
Protein (33%), Fat (35%), and Carbohydrates (32%).33% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 32%
The first ingredient in this dog food is pork, which, despite being a high-quality product, contains up to 73% water.The majority of the moisture is lost during cooking, reducing the meat content to a fraction of its original weight.
This item would most likely account for a smaller portion of the total content of the finished product after processing.
The second ingredient is beef meal, which is a meat concentrate with nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.
Herring meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate, is the third ingredient.
Fish meal is typically derived from commercial fish operations' "clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings."
The fourth ingredient is peas, which are a good source of carbohydrates.They're also high in natural fiber, as are all legumes.
Peas, on the other hand, contain about 25% protein, which must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables, like peas, beans, and lentils.
Chickpeas, on the other hand, contain about 22% protein, which must be considered when determining the actual meat content of this dog food.
The sixth item is pea protein, which is what remains of a pea after the starchy part of the vegetable has been removed.
Despite containing more than 80% protein, this ingredient is expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less expensive plant-based products like this can significantly increase the total protein reported on the label — a factor to consider when evaluating the meat content of this dog food.
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The seventh ingredient is dried egg product, which is a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs.Lower-quality egg products can even be obtained from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that did not hatch.
In any case, eggs are easily digestible and have a high biological value.
The eighth ingredient is canola oil, which can be a contentious topic.This is due to the fact that it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
Others point out that canola oil is a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to dogs as a source of quality omega-3 fats than fish oil.
Pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract that is probably used here as a binder for making kibble, is the ninth ingredient. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch has only minor nutritional value for a dog.
It's important to note that several of the ingredients in this recipe are pea products:
Although they're made from high-quality plant ingredients, there's one thing to keep in mind: the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.
If we combined all of these individual items and reported them as one, the newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list, potentially making peas (rather than meat) the dominant ingredient in this recipe.
The list continues to include a number of other items.
However, other than nutritional supplements, ingredients this far down the list are unlikely to affect the overall rating of this I and Love and You product.
With 5 notable exceptions…
First, we have flaxseed, which is one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids and is also high in soluble fiber if ground into a meal.
However, flaxseed contains approximately 19% protein, which must be considered when determining the actual meat content of this dog food.
Following that, we have coconut oil, a natural oil high in medium-chain fatty acids.
In older dogs, medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function.
MCT is a good addition to this recipe because of its proven safety and potential to help with the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders.
Chicory root is also high in inulin, a starch-like compound found in certain roots and tubers that is made up of repeating units of carbohydrates.
Inulin is not only a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, but it is also a prebiotic that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract of dogs.
Following that, we discuss the use of sodium selenite, a contentious form of the mineral selenium that appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
Finally, this food contains chelated minerals, which are minerals that have been chemically attached to protein, making them more absorbable.Chelated minerals are typically found in higher-quality dog foods.
I and Love and You Nude Food appears to be an above-average dry product based solely on its ingredients.
The dashboard shows a dry matter protein level of 38%, a fat level of 17%, and an estimated carbohydrate level of 38%.
The brand as a whole has an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 17%, implying a carbohydrate content of 38% for the entire product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of approximately 44%.
This means that the I and Love and You product line includes...
Above-average protein and fatIn addition, the carbohydrate content is lower than that of a typical dry dog food.
Even with the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, chickpeas, and flaxseed, this appears to be the profile of a kibble containing a substantial amount of meat.
I and Love and You Nude Food Rating
I and Love and You Nude Food is a grain-free dry dog food that uses named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein, earning the brand 5 stars.
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