Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Fromm Four Star Nutritionals product line includes five dry dog dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Salmon A La Veg
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Chicken A La Veg
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Duck and Sweet Potato
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Whitefish and Potato (3.5 stars)
- Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Pork and Applesauce (3.5 stars)
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Duck and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Duck and Sweet Potato
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck, duck meal, pearled barley, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, white rice, dried whole egg, millet, dried tomato pomace, safflower oil, cheese, flaxseed, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, green beans, chicken cartilage, potassium chloride, cranberries, blueberries, salt, monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, chicory root extract, alfalfa sprouts, Yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, folic acid, taurine, parsley, sorbic acid (preservative), vitamins, minerals, probiotics
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||17%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||35%||42%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Although it is a quality item, raw duck contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is duck meal. Duck meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck.
The third ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fourth ingredient includes sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fifth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The seventh ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.
The eighth ingredient is dried whole egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The ninth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With five notable exceptions…
First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
Next, safflower oil is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Safflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
In addition, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
Although the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Four Star Nutritionals looks like an above-average dry dog food.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed in this recipe and the pea protein contained in another recipe, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Fromm Four Star Nutritionals canned dog food.
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- Fromm Dog Food Recall of March 2016 (3/18/2016)
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01/21/2017 Last Update