NutriSource Grain-Free Small Bites Chicken & Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food Ingredients
Chicken Meat is taken from the muscle of the chicken, a combination of both the skin and the flesh. Sometimes the accompanying bone is ground also, but there are no feathers, heads, feet, entrails, or internal organs. Besides protein, chicken is an excellent source of amino acids which help build muscle, repair tissue, and regulate metabolism.
Chicken meal is a dry, rendered product from whole chickens that has been through some processing to remove water and fat. It looks like brown flour and it's a highly concentrated protein/mineral resource.
Chicken meal is basically chicken with a longer storage time. It's a protein rich food and also Vitamin B12, Tryptophan, Choline, Zinc, Iron, and Copper resource. However, it's an already processed material in dog food manufacturing and makes the food ultra-processed.
Peas are healthy, grain-free filter alternative that contain complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. They are also rich in protein and high in fiber.
Lutein in peas is an anti-oxidant good for heart, skin, and eye health. Sterols content in peas help lowering cholesterol. However, peas may be related to Canine Heart Disease and FDA is actively investigating this. 93 percent of reported foods in DCM cases contained peas and/or lentils.
Again due to the lack of grains in this diet, pea flour has been included to boost carbohydrate levels without adding gluten. Pea flour is also an excellent source of vegetable based protein and certain antioxidants.
According to the guaranteed analysis, NutriSource Grain-Free Small Bites Chicken & Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food has 28% protein, 18% fat, 6% fiber, and 10% moisture. If we assume 5% ash, then the starch amount in this dog food is 33%.