Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy (Tubs)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy product line includes six tubbed 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.

  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Beef Pot Roast Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Chicken Pot Pie Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Lamb & Vegetable Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Chicken & Salmon Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Chicken & Vegetable Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Turkey & Sweet Potato Adult [U]

Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Chicken & Salmon Adult recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy Chicken and Salmon Adult

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Salmon broth, chicken, chicken liver, dried egg product, potato starch, potatoes, salmon, peas, sunflower oil, guar gum, natural flavor, blueberries, ground flaxseed, salt, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), carrageenan, vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), inulin, choline chloride, xanthan gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%17%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%35%24%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon 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 second ingredient 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 third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The eighth 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 ninth 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.

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 four notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, 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.

Simply Nourish Grain Free
Cuts N Gravy Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy 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 47%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 35%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Simply Nourish Grain Free Cuts N Gravy is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

04/03/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials