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Lotus Dog Food Review (Dry)

Mike Sagman  Julia Ogden

By Mike Sagman & Julia Ogden

Updated: March 28, 2024

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Which Lotus Dry Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Lotus Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Lotus product line includes the 6 dry dog foods listed below.

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

Recipe and Label Analysis

Lotus Good Grains Chicken and Brown Rice Small Bites 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 Good Grains Chicken and Brown Rice Small Bites

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

26.7%

Protein

13.3%

Fat

52%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken meal, rye, brown rice, barley, oats, white fish, chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid, pea fiber, ground flaxseed, dried egg product, brewers dried yeast, calcium propionate, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries, pumpkin, spinach, potassium chloride, salmon oil, olive oil, salt, garlic, l-ascrobyl-2-polyphosphate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, Yucca schidigera extract, dried kelp, inulin, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite, rosemary extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3%

Red denotes any controversial items

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 is rye, a cereal grain nutritionally similar to barley.

The next ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is barley, a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient includes oats, which are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1

Although it is a quality item, raw fish 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 next 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 ninth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

The tenth item 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 items.

But realistically, ingredients 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 brewers yeast, which 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 judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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

In addition, 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.

Next, we note the use of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

And lastly, this food 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Lotus Good Grains Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Which means this Lotus product line contains…

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Lotus Dog Food

Lotus Good Grains is a grain-inclusive baked kibble using a moderate amount of named meats and meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus receiving 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Lotus Good Grains Dog Food Recall History

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

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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Sources

1: Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

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