CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food Review (Dehydrated)

Canisource Grand Cru Red Meat Dehdyrated Dog Food

Rating:

CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The CaniSource Grand Cru product line includes the 6 dehydrated 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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Product Rating AAFCO
CaniSource Grand Cru Red Meat 5 A
CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Fish 4.5 A
CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Turkey 5 A
CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Pork and Lamb 5 A
CaniSource Grand Cru Surf and Turf 5 A
CaniSource Grand Cru Grain Free Chicken and Duck 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

CaniSource Grand Cru Red Meat recipe 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.


CaniSource Grand Cru Red Meat

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Fresh beef and pork, white rice, whole barley, oat flakes, fresh apples, fresh carrots, fresh eggs, ground flax seeds, tri-calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, a mix of herbs with anti-oxidizing properties, Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract (MOS), chicory root extract (FOS), beet extract, elderberry extract, yeast extract, Lactobacillus extract, thyme extract, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, copper sulphate, manganous oxide, vitamin A supplement, copper proteinate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement, citric acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis27%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%17%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%36%39%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 39%

Ingredient Analysis

The first two ingredients in this dog food are beef and pork. Although they are quality items, raw beef and pork contain up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, these items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The fourth ingredient is barley, 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 next item includes oat flakes, whole grain oats that have been steamed and milled to make them quicker to cook. Oat flakes are naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

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

The next ingredient includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

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 4 notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, this recipe contains chicory root. Chicory 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.

In addition, yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago1, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, CaniSource Grand Cru Dog Food looks like an above-average dehydrated product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Our Rating of CaniSource Dog Food

CaniSource Grand Cru includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free dehydrated dog foods that use a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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References

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances

10/31/2020 Last Update