The Honest Kitchen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Honest Kitchen product line includes the 4 dehydrated 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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- Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken Recipe [A]
- Honest Kitchen Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe [A]
- Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Beef Recipe (4.5 stars) [M]
- Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Turkey Recipe (4 stars) [M]
Honest Kitchen Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Honest Kitchen Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Dehydrated chicken, organic quinoa, dehydrated sweet potatoes, dehydrated spinach, dried parsley, dehydrated organic kelp, minerals [tricalcium phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, potassium iodide, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite], taurine, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement], EPA, DHA
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||17%||47%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||36%||40%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is dehydrated chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.
Plus (unlike chicken meal) dehydrated chicken is not exposed to high temperatures during processing, so it preserves more of the meat’s natural nutrients.
The second ingredient is quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.
Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.
The next ingredient 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 next two ingredients are spinach and parsley. Due to their exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach and parsley exhibit a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score1 of 91.
The sixth ingredient is kelp, an algae-based seaweed modest in protein content but rich in marine minerals.
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 Honest Kitchen product.
With 2 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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.
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.
Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review
Before we conclude, it’s worth noting The Honest Kitchen has taken the rather unusual step of applying for (and actually receiving) FDA approval to label its pet foods “human grade“.
The company only uses human-edible components and produces all its products in a human food manufacturing facility.
So, judging by its ingredients alone, the Honest Kitchen Dog Food appears to be a superior product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the quinoa in this recipe and the flaxseed contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a moderate amount of meat.
The Honest Kitchen is a grain-inclusive dehydrated dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein and it receives 5 stars.
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The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Honest Kitchen. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Honest Kitchen Recalls Five Lots of Dog Food (2/21/2013)
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