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Simply Nourish Source Dog Food Review (Dry)

Mike Sagman  Julia Ogden

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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: April 24, 2024

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Our Verdict

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Simply Nourish Source Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Simply Nourish Source product line includes the 7 dry dog foods listed below.

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken 5 M
Simply Nourish Source Senior Chicken 5 M
Simply Nourish Source Adult Beef 4.5 M
Simply Nourish Source Adult Beef and Bison 5 M
Simply Nourish Source Puppy Chicken 4.5 A
Simply Nourish Source Adult Hunter's Harvest 4.5 M
Simply Nourish Source Adult Fisherman's Finest 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

37.8%

Protein

16.7%

Fat

37.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, dried potatoes, dried peas, ground flaxseed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea fiber, dried egg product, natural flavor, choline chloride, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried kale, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, minerals (potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), dl-methionine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, salt, mixed tocopherols & citric acid (preservatives), rosemary extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 34% 15% NA
Dry Matter Basis 38% 17% 38%
Calorie Weighted Basis 33% 35% 32%

Ingredients 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 turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The next ingredient includes dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The fifth ingredient is 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.

The sixth ingredient 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.

The seventh 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 eighth 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 ninth 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.

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 Petsmart product.

With 4 notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

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.

Next, 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.

In addition, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.

Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.

And lastly, this recipe 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 ingredient panel, Simply Nourish Source looks like an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

Which means this Simply Nourish product line contains…

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried potatoes, peas and flaxseed, this recipe has the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Simply Nourish through July 2024.

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

Our Rating of Simply Nourish Grain Free Dog Food

Simply Nourish Source is a grain-free dry dog food that uses a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

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Highly Recommended

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