Lotus Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Lotus product line includes one raw recipe. However, since we’re unable to locate the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement for this dog food on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for this recipe.
Lotus Raw Dog Food
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken liver, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic apples, organic blueberries, organic bananas, organic flaxseed, sea salt, salmon oil, olive oil, dried kelp, dried chicory root extract, New Zealand green mussel, whole eggs, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, copper sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganous carbonate, riboflavin, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (a source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, sodium selenite, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||37%||3%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||62%||2%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is organic spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The fourth ingredient is organic broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The fifth ingredient is organic apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
The sixth ingredient is organic blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
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, 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, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
In addition, 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.
Next, note the inclusion of whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Lotus Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Lotus Raw Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.
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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundant amount of meat.
Lotus Raw Dog Food is a meat-based raw product using a generous amount of chicken and chicken liver as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
However, it’s important to note that many raw dog food products make no attempt to meet AAFCO nutrient profile guidelines to be complete and balanced for daily use.
For this reason, we recommend consumers become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of raw feeding before committing to long term use.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
04/26/2012 Original review
11/09/2013 Review updated
11/09/2013 Last Update