Nusentia Raw and Grain Free (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Nusentia Raw and Grain Free product line includes two freeze-dried dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Beef and Produce [A]
  • Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Turkey and Produce [A]

Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Turkey and Produce was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Turkey and Produce

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 25% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 58%

Ingredients: Sweet potato, USDA turkey, whole egg, broccoli, celery, apples, flax meal, pecans, tricalcium phosphate, pumpkin, cranberries, basil, dried alfalfa, ginger root, dried kelp, zinc sulfate, vitamin E acetate, vitamin D3

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis25%9%58%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%21%55%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 55%

The first ingredient in this dog food is sweet potato. 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 second ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fourth ingredient is 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 celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

The sixth ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.

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 two notable exceptions

First, although dried alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

And lastly, the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, but we are reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.

Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nusentia Raw and Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 25%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 58%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 58% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 36%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed meal and dried alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nusentia Raw and Grain Free is a plant-based freeze-dried dog food using a modest amount of raw turkey or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

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.

Nusentia Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

11/24/2015 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  • fedup

    I bought a bag of Nusentia Raw Turkey and was very disappointed. It was just powdered parsley. I don’t know if it is just a unique situation but I had to throw away a $25 bag of dog food because I will not feed my dog powder, even with added water.