Review of Simply Nourish Source Dry Dog Food
Simply Nourish Source Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Simply Nourish Source product line includes the 11 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Simply Nourish Source Large Breed Adult Chicken||5||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Small Breed Adult Chicken||5||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken||5||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Senior Chicken||5||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Adult Salmon||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||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Adult Game Bird Feast||5||M|
|Simply Nourish Source Adult Fisherman’s Finest||5||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Simply Nourish Source Adult Salmon recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Simply Nourish Source Adult Salmon Recipe
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned salmon, salmon meal, chicken meal, dried peas, dried potatoes, pea starch, ground flaxseed, natural flavor, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea fiber, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried kale, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, choline chloride, 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), dl-methionine, 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), taurine, mixed tocopherols & citric acid (preservatives), rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||38%||16%||39%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||33%||34%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon 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 salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The next ingredient includes 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 fifth ingredient is 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 sixth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The seventh 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.
After the natural flavor, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
Yet others cite the fact that canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
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 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, we find 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.
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 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.
Based on its ingredient panel, Simply Nourish Source looks like an above-average dry dog food.
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 looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Simply Nourish Source 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.
Has Simply Nourish Source Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Simply Nourish.
- Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall (8/15/2021)
- PetSmart Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Simply Nourish Dog Treats (10/8/2014)
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More Simply Nourish Brand Reviews
The following Simply Nourish dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Simply Nourish Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Simply Nourish Essentials Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Simply Nourish Grain Free Dog Food Review (Cups)
- Simply Nourish Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Simply Nourish Shreds Dog Food Review (Canned)
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05/22/2021 Last Update