Lotus Stews Dog Food Review (Canned)

Lotus Chicken Stew Wet Dog Food

Review of Lotus Stews Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Lotus Stews Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Lotus Stews product line includes the 5 canned 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
Lotus Grain Free Pork Stew 5 A
Lotus Grain Free Turkey Stew 5 A
Lotus Grain Free Venison Stew 5 A
Lotus Grain Free Beef Stew 5 A
Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew 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.


Lotus Grain Free Chicken Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 22%

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 B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%20%22%
Calorie Weighted Basis42%40%18%
Protein = 42% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 18%

Ingredient Analysis

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 5 notable exceptions

First, we find olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

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.

Next, this recipe 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, this product 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Lotus Stews Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 22%.

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.

Our Rating of Lotus Stews Dog Food

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.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Has Lotus Stews Dog Food Been Recalled?

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Lotus.

No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

08/27/2021 Last Update