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Iams ProActive Health Adult Chunks
three and a half stars

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From the Iams Website:

Iams Chunks nourishes your active dog with essential nutrients and prebiotics for a healthy body inside and out - in a larger-sized kibble he'll love.
Ingredients:
Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, minimum 25.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 14.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0%
Moisture, maximum 10.0%
L-Carnitine, minimum 40 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 2.15%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.14%*

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
The main ingredients

Chicken is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more chicken than any other ingredient. Chicken contains a lot of water (between 80 and 90%), which is lost during the cooking process, so after processing this chicken may actually represent a smaller part of the total content. Chicken is a good protein source, as well as containing Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Selenium. Chicken also contains fatty acids

The next ingredient is Corn Meal. While AAFCO does not define corn meal, it does define corn gluten meal and corn germ meal. This ingredient most closely relates to corn gluten meal, which is used widely in farm animal feeds and in pet foods. While corn gluten can be up to 60% protein, it is vegetable based, and not as readily utilized by a dog. Many dogs have problems when corn outweighs meat in a dog food.

The third ingredient is Ground Whole Grain Sorghum. Sorghum is a starchy cereal grain similar to corn in nutritional value. However, it is gluten-free, and creates a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, so is considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient in dog foods.

The fourth ingredient is Chicken By-Product Meal. Chicken by-products are the rendered product of waste in a slaughterhouse. It is made from whatever is left of a chicken after all the good parts have been removed. While this means it could contain organs, which are nutritious, it could actually be anything except real meat! This includes feet and beaks.

Since this is a meal, it is a meat concentrate, and therefore will contain three times the protein of the chicken parts themselves.

Chicken by-products should be considered an inferior product, and would be associated with lower quality dog foods..

The fifth ingredient is Dried Beet Pulp. Beet pulp is a high fiber by-product from processing sugar beets. While it contains no nutritional value, it does serve as a good food source for the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the dogs digestive tract, which helps the beneficial bacteria to flourish. It also helps ensure a firmer stool in your dog.

Other ingredients of note in Iams ProActive Health Adult Chunks

Non-chelated minerals: The minerals listed do not appear to be chelated, which means that they may be more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are typically associated with low quality dog foods.

So is it a good dog food?

Iams ProActive Health Adult Chunks, judging by its ingredients, is an average dry dog food. It contains two sources of meat protein in the top five ingredients.

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 28% protein and 16% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 48% and a fat to protein ratio of 57%.

This shows Iams ProActive Health Adult Chunks contains near average protein, near average fat, and near average carbohydrate content.

Overall, Iams ProActive Health Adult Chunks received a rating of three and a half stars, and is recommended for your dog.

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