Review of American Journey Grain Free Canned Dog Food
American Journey Grain-Free canned dog food earns the Advisor’s best rating of 5 stars.
The American Journey Grain-Free product line includes the 4 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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Recipe and Label Analysis
American Journey Grain-Free Beef and Vegetable Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
American Journey Grain Free Beef and Vegetable Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, dried egg white, carrots, peas, potatoes, potato starch, dried egg product, sunflower oil, guar gum, natural flavor, dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed, salt, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, Yucca schidigera extract, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%
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|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||28%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||51%||15%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The next two ingredients are beef broth and chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The fourth ingredient 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 fifth ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The sixth ingredient includes dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.
The seventh ingredient lists carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the 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 American Journey product.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
Next, we find flaxseed, 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.
In addition, this food contains fish oil, which 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
And lastly, this food includes chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, American Journey Grain-Free canned dog food appears to be an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.
Which means this American Journey product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other moisture-rich dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 34% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Our Rating of American Journey Grain Free Canned Dog Food
American Journey Grain-Free is a canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has American Journey Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to American Journey.
No recalls noted.
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More American Journey Brand Reviews
The following American Journey dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- American Journey Dog Food Review (Dry)
- American Journey Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- American Journey Grain Free Limited Ingredient Dog Food Review (Dry)
- American Journey Landmark Dog Food Review (Dry)
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06/01/2021 Last Update