Acana heritage dog food ingredients
Chicken – An excellent source of protein. Raw chicken contains about 75% water. When cooked, most of the moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to a fraction of its original weight.
Chicken meal – A meat concentrate. Chicken meal contains almost three times more protein than fresh chicken.
Turkey meal – Excellent source of protein. Also a protein rich meat concentrate.
Red lentils – Good quality source of carbohydrates and rich in natural fiber.
Green peas – Quality source of carbs and rich in natural fiber. Peas are often a substitute for grains. Some dogs have problems digesting them well. They are less expensive to use today than corn, which is also used as a source of protein in dog foods.
Beans – High in dietary fiber and other nutrients
Chicken fat – Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Giblets – Are edibles byproducts of poultry slaughter ( liver, heart, kidney ). Giblets can include the gizzard, brain, lungs, kidneys, spleen, ovaries and other visceral organs. The thought of eating an animal’s internal organs probably wouldn’t appeal to most humans, these grisly-sounding ingredients can all be considered a natural part of an authentic ancestral diet.
Herring meal – High protein meat concentrate. Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.
Dried alfalfa – This hay-family ingredient is commonly associated with horse feeds. High in protein ~ 18 % and fiber, it is uncommon to see it in dog food formulas.
Green lentils and yellow peas – Quality source of carbs and rich in natural fiber.
Pea fiber – a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.
Dried brown kelp – kelp can be good sources of minerals such as iron, iodine, potassium, and trace minerals. Sea vegetables have a high level of digestible protein.
Seaweeds are a source of iodine, a trace element which is needed in very small amounts as it is an important part of thyroid hormones.
Chicory root (prebiotic) – Proponents claim that high levels of ‘friendly’ intestinal bacteria can help to improve digestion, decrease disease, and strengthen the immune system.
Supplements that contain substances (such as the inulin in chicory) thought to stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial intestinal microorganisms are called prebiotics.
Zinc chelate: – Zinc chelate is a chelated mineral. Zinc is essential for a dog to be healthy. It is used in many processes in the body such as in the skin, for wound healing and in biological membranes .
Zinc is not always well absorbed in a dog’s digestive tract when it is in its simple form. However, when it is combined with other molecules (chelation) this improves its absorbability and is an indication of a better quality dog food as this process is expensive.
Vitamin E – Mixed tocopherols are a Vitamin E compound derived from sources like vegetable oils, fish and nuts and used for preserving foods. They are safe to use.
Vitamin E itself has several health benefits for dogs as an antioxidant helping with absorption of free radicals and may be beneficial in cancer and cardiovascular disease
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