Lotus Stews canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Lotus product line includes the 5 dog food stews 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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- Lotus Grain Free Pork Stew [A]
- Lotus Grain Free Turkey Stew [A]
- Lotus Grain Free Venison Stew [A]
- Lotus Grain Free Beef Stew [A]
- Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew [A]
Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, potato starch, asparagus, chicken fat, blueberries, carrots, monosodium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, salmon oil, olive oil, ground flaxseed, New Zealand green mussel, dried kelp, potassium chloride, whole cranberries, agar agar, choline chloride, betaine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin B supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||20%||22%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||40%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient is 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 addition component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is potato starch, which is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
The next ingredient is asparagus. Asparagus is especially rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient includes blueberries, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
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 Lotus product.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, salmon oil 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, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, flaxseed is 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.
We also note the use of green-lipped mussel. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.
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.
Lotus Stews Canned Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Lotus dog food stews looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.
Which means this Lotus product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a liberal amount of meat.
Lotus Stews is a grain-free canned dog food using an abundance of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Lotus Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Lotus brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
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Notes and Updates
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
03/29/2020 Last Update