Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 10/10
Eden Original Cuisine is a high-quality dry dog food formula. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides an extremely high proportion of protein and fat. Eden contains some of the highest proportions of protein and fat of any UK dog food brand and does so without sacrificing its quality. However, some would consider this proportion excessive. The formula contains a range of nutritious ingredients with a focus on poultry and fish such as Chicken, Salmon and Herring. Eggs are also included with the intention of adding beneficial minerals, vitamins, and additional protein. A small range of starchy vegetables are present in the formula, and they provide a satisfactory proportion of high-quality carbohydrates. In addition to their carbohydrate content, these ingredients contain fiber for healthy digestion. Eden Original Cuisine formula contains a wide range of vegetables, meats, and fish. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that it would be suitable for dogs with severe allergies or sensitivities. But for dogs without dietary issues, this is a fantastic formula which we would highly recommend.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition Profile High-Quality Meat and Fish Ingredients Very High Level of Omega Fatty Acids No Grains or By-products
A Full review of Original Cuisine By Eden
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet, and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 22% of Eden Original Cuisine calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Dry Dog Food.
The carbohydrate proportion within Eden Original Cuisine formula appears to be sourced from a mix of starchy vegetables. This includes portions of Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca. Sweet Potatoes, in particular, are a high-quality carbohydrate ingredient and will be discussed later.
This is a very satisfactory proportion of carbohydrates. While this proportion could be lower, it is suitable for the vast majority of dogs and lowering it further would provide little benefit.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 39% of Eden Original Cuisine calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.
The proportion of protein present in the Eden Original Cuisine formula is extremely high, far higher than the vast majority of commercial dry dog food formulas. Even the most active of dogs would have their protein requirements met with ease.
Given this high level, it is certain that some excess protein will have to be burned as calories. While this might sound inefficient, this is perfectly normal and dogs are very suited to do so.
A range of poultry and fish ingredients make up the majority of this protein content including Chicken, Herring, Salmon and Duck. All of these ingredients are considered high-quality sources of lean protein, containing the full range of amino acids required.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 39% of Eden Original Cuisine calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.
This formula provides an extremely satisfactory proportion of fat, which could fuel the energy needs of dogs of all activity levels.
The sources of fat present are considered very high quality and consists of animal and fish fats. Animal and fish fat from ingredients like Chicken and Salmon is highly digestible and very suited to a dogs diet. The fish fats in particular help boost the levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are known to provide a variety of health benefits.
Eden Original Cuisine contains an average of 3683 kCal/kg.
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values, and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Eden Original Cuisine
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 41.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 18.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 3.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 8.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.81%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.46%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3.5%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.69%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Chicken Liver
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Eden Original Cuisine contains five sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. However given that Chicken is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary fish source present is Salmon. Salmon is considered a high-quality source of protein. Salmons most abundant minerals are Vitamin B12 and Selenium. Just like other fish, Salmon contains a large quantity of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Unfortunately just as with meat, Salmon contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Salmon. However given that Salmon is the third listed ingredient, its quantity after cooking is likely to be relatively high.
Another fish source present is Herring. Herring is considered a high-quality source of protein. The Vitamin B12 is exceptionally abundant in Herring. In addition to this, similar to other fish, Herring is very rich in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Unfortunately, Herring contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Herring. Given that Herring is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
Another meat source present is Duck. Duck is a considered a high-quality source of protein. It contains considerably higher levels of selenium and phosphorus than other meats. Unfortunately, Duck does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Duck. However given that Duck is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a vast variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Sweet Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Sweet Potatoes are considered superior to traditional Potatoes as they contain more fiber and a more extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in Sweet Potatoes are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium. The higher amount of fiber and the range of micronutrients in Sweet Potatoes mean that they are considered a high-quality ingredient despite containing mostly carbohydrates.
Tapioca is a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Tapioca, which is also known as Cassava Root, is a staple of South America and is rarely seen in the western world. This means it is often used as a novel ingredient for dogs with allergies or sensitivities to other ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. Tapioca does not contribute substantial nutrition beyond its carbohydrate content but does contain the some B Vitamins such as Folate and the Vitamin B6.
Full Ingredient List – Eden Original Cuisine
Freshly Prepared Chicken 19%, Dried Chicken 18%, Freshly Prepared Salmon 15%, Dried Herring 12.5%, Sweet Potato 12%, Chicken Fat 4.5%, Dried Duck 4%, Tapioca 3.5%, Whole Egg 2.5%, Chicken Liver 2.5%, White Fish 2%, Pea Fibre 2%, Lucerne, Chickpea, Minerals & Vitamins, Carrot, Spinach, Apple, Rosehips, Camomile, Burdock Root, Seaweed, Cranberry, Aniseed & Fenugreek, Fructooligosaccharides (461 mg/kg), Glucosamine (341mg/kg), MSM (341mg/kg), Chondroitin (240mg/kg), Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage.
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