Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★½

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Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe product line lists one canned dog food.

However, since we’re unable to locate an AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement for this dog food on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report the specific life stage recommendation for this recipe.

Simply Nourish Chicken and Pumpkin Bisque

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 7% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, pumpkin, beef, carrot, green pea, tapioca starch, sunflower seed oil, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate heptahydrate, vitamin E, ferrous sulfate monohydrate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate monohydrate, potassium iodide, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate pentahydrate, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis6%1%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%7%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis39%16%45%
Protein = 39% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 45%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

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

The third ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is quail egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fifth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh ingredient is 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.

The eighth ingredient is sunflower seed 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.

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 one notable exception

The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe looks like an above-average wet dog food.

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 40%, a fat level of 7% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 17%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Simply Nourish Bisque Recipe is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

Simply Nourish Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

10/19/2016 Last Update

  1. As of 10/19/2016
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
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