Earthborn Holistic Venture Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.
The Earthborn Holistic Venture Limited Ingredient Diets product line includes the 7 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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- Earthborn Holistic Venture Duck Meal and Pumpkin [M]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Rabbit Meal and Pumpkin [M]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Squid and Chickpeas (4 stars) [M]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Turkey Meal and Butternut Squash (5 stars) [M]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Pollock Meal and Pumpkin (4 stars) [M]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Lamb and Butternut Squash (4 stars) [A]
- Earthborn Holistic Venture Wild Boar and Butternut Squash (4 stars) [M]
Earthborn Holistic Venture Duck Meal and Pumpkin was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Earthborn Holistic Venture Duck Meal and Pumpkin
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck meal, pumpkin, peas, tapioca, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, natural flavors, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, taurine, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement, Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract, green tea extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||32%||14%||45%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||29%||31%||40%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck meal. Duck meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck.
The second ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The third 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.
The next ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fifth ingredient is sunflower oil. This item is nutritionally similar to safflower 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.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
The sixth ingredient is 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.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other ingredients.
But realistically items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.
And lastly, this food contains 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.
Earthborn Holistic Venture
Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Earthborn Holistic Venture Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Earthborn Holistic Venture is a grain-free dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Earthborn Holistic Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
02/09/2020 Last Update