Nutro Hearty Stew Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Nutro Hearty Stew product line includes 4 grain-free, canned dog foods.
Each recipe below 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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- Nutro Hearty Stew Tender Chicken, Carrot and Pea [M]
- Nutro Hearty Stew Meaty Lamb, Green Bean and Carrot [M]
- Nutro Hearty Stew Chunky Beef, Tomato, Carrot and Pea [M]
- Nutro Hearty Stew Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato and Green Bean [M]
Nutro Hearty Stew Tender Chicken, Carrot and Pea was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Nutro Hearty Stew Tender Chicken, Carrot and Pea
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, pork broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, carrots, peas, dried egg product, pork plasma, dried peas, tapioca starch, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), calcium carbonate, guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, sodium acid pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, natural flavor, dried tomatoes, magnesium sulfate, sodium hexametaphosphate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin supplement, potassium iodide, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||17%||25%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||43%||35%||22%|
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 next two items include pork and chicken broths. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The seventh ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The eighth ingredient is pork plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.
The ninth ingredient lists dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the 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 product.
With three notable exceptions…
First, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
Next, this food includes sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.
HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.
Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.
And lastly, with the exception of copper, 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.
Nutro Hearty Stew Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutro Hearty Stew dog food looks like an above-average canned product.
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 53% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and dried peas, this looks like the profile of a canned product still containing a notable amount of meat.
Nutro Hearty Stew is a canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
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.
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Notes and Updates
02/03/2019 Last Update
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