Natural Balance Eatables (Canned)

Rating:

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Natural Balance Eatables dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of three stars.

The Natural Balance Eatables product line includes four canned dog foods… each designed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

  • Natural Balance Eatables Irish Stew
  • Natural Balance Eatables Hobo Chili
  • Natural Balance Eatables Chinese Take-Out with Sauce
  • Natural Balance Eatables Southern Style Dumplin’s with Gravy

Natural Balance Eatables Irish Stew canned dog food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Natural Balance Eatables Irish Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Water, beef, potatoes, carrots, tomato paste, potato starch, dicalcium phosphate, salt, dehydrated celery, potassium chloride, minerals (calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc oxide, cupric sulfate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite), vitamins [choline bitartrate, vitamin E supplement (di-alpha tocopherol acetate), vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pepper, caramel color

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis5%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%11%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%25%49%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water… which (of course) adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a normal finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient includes potatoes. Assuming they’re whole, potatoes are a good source of digestible carbohydrates and other healthy nutrients.

The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth item is tomato paste. Unlike tomato pomace, tomato paste does not include the skin or seeds of the fruit.

The sixth item lists potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used here more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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 have much of an effect on the overall rating of this product.

With one notable exception

This dog food contains chelated mineralsminerals that have been chemically attached to proteins. This process can make them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better quality dog foods.

Natural Balance Eatables Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Natural Balance Eatables is a typical stew-and-gravy type of canned dog food. On the surface, the product looks fairly appetizing. And the major ingredients appear to be of relatively good quality.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

All four dog food recipes exhibit the same nutrient percentages as our example product.

Below-average protein. Low fat. And above-average carbs… when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even with no evidence of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing only a modest amount of meat.

However, it’s important to acknowledge the absence here of any critical Red Flag items.

Bottom line?

Natural Balance Eatables is a vegetable-based canned dog food using a modest amount of beef or chicken as its main sources of animal protein… thus earning the brand three stars.

Recommended.

Those looking for a higher rated wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Natural Balance Ultra canned dog food.

Important FDA Alert

The FDA has announced it is investigating a potential connection between grain-free recipes and dilated cardiomyopathy. Click here for details.

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Notes and Updates

01/12/2010 Original review
08/17/2010 Review updated

05/24/2012 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials