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Jinx Chicken, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Dog Food Review (Dry)

Mike Sagman  Julia Ogden

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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: April 18, 2024

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Which Jinx Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Jinx Dog Food earns The Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Jinx product line includes the 5 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Jinx Salmon, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato 4.5 A
Jinx Chicken, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato 5 A
Jinx Chicken, Sweet Potato and Carrot Grain Free 4.5 A
Jinx Salmon, Sweet Potato and Carrot Grain Free 4.5 A
Jinx Puppy Chicken, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato 5 A

Jinx Chicken, Sweet Potato and Carrot Grain Free
Recipe and Label Analysis

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Jinx Chicken, Sweet Potato and Carrot Grain Free

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

30%

Protein

15.6%

Fat

46.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Organic chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, lentils, ground peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols) sweet potato, carrots, dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed meal, natural flavor, potato protein, dicalcium phosphate, brewers dried yeast, salt, menhaden fish oil, calcium carbonate, pumpkin, cranberry, coconut meal, chia, kelp, alfalfa, miscanthus grass, inulin, taurine, choline chloride, mixed tocopherols (preservative), citric acid (preservative), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), blueberry, spinach, turmeric, ginger, chamomile, parsley, apple, dandelion, dried spearmint, cinnamon, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, rosemary extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 27% 14% NA
Dry Matter Basis 30% 16% 46%
Calorie Weighted Basis 26% 33% 41%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains 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, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, chickpeas are a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber, but they contain about 25% protein.

The fifth ingredient includes ground peas. Ground peas are a good source of carbohydrates and they are rich in dietary fiber.

However, ground peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that can’t be ignored when rating this dog food.

It’s important to note that the last 3 ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of legume or legume product:

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Ground peas

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.

If we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would likely occupy a significantly higher position on the list.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. This item is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

The ninth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The tenth item 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 Jinx product.

With 8 notable exceptions

First, potato protein is the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when rating this dog food.

In addition, this recipe includes coconut meal, also known as copra meal.

Copra meal is a by-product of coconut oil production and is more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although copra meal contains about 25% protein, this ingredient is lower in some essential amino acids. So, its nutritive value is considered inferior to other oil meals (such as soybean meal).

Next, we find chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein.

This recipe also includes alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family that is high in protein (18%) and fiber. It is less common to see it used in dog food.

Additionally, taurine is 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.

This recipe also includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Jinx Chicken, Sweet Potato and Carrot Grain Free recipe looks like an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the legumes, flaxseed meal, potato protein, brewers yeast, coconut meal, chia and alfalfa, this still looks like the profile of a recipe containing a notable amount of meat.

Our Rating of Jinx Dog Food

Jinx includes both grain-free and grain-inclusive dry kibbles. The Jinx product line uses named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein… thus earning the overall brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

Jinx Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Jinx through May.

No recalls noted.

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