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What's Really In The Bag: Nature's Logic
This is in no way, shape, or form meant to bash any brand. This is simply empowering you with the information you need to make the best decision for you and your pets! While a fresh food diet is always favorable, it is understandable that not everyone can feed 100% raw. But by knowing what you are feeding and continuously doing better, you are taking steps in the right direction.
The food under analysis is Nature's Logic Canine Turkey Meal Feast. The first 5 ingredients on the label will be highlighted below.
"Turkey Meal, Millet, Turkey Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pumpkin Seed, Yeast Culture, Spray Dried Pork Liver, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Montmorillonite Clay, Dried Kelp, Spray Dried Porcine Plasma, Dried Tomato, Almonds, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrot, Dried Apple, Menhaden Fish Meal, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Apricot, Dried Blueberry, Dried Spinach, Dried Broccoli, Dried Cranberry, Parsley, Dried Artichoke, Rosemary, Dried Mushroom, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Pineapple Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract."
 Turkey Meal
Turkey meal is processed fresh turkey, which rids the meat of moisture. The animal-specific meal provides a protein-rich meat concentrate that will stay #1 on the list even after processing. It is rumored that Nature Logic makes its raw products in-house, but it has been unable to be verified.
Animal specific vs. MEAT meal
The only protein meal that should ever be fed is a meat-specific meal. Beef meal, for example, will only contain beef. Meat meal can be from any animal and is unspecific of protein. Generic meat meals are a poor choice due to quality and do not show what animals are used.
Millet is a grain harvested from certain seed grasses. This is the only carbohydrate source in the recipe. It is the second ingredient which means it takes up most of the formula as ingredients are listed by weight. The use of millet avoids common carb allergens such as corn, soy, and wheat.
 Turkey Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
The turkey fat is obtained from rendering the turkey, and the fat is scraped off. Many of their other recipes contain chicken fat which is not appropriate for dogs with chicken sensitivities or allergies. The mixed tocopherols are used as an anti-oxidant to attempt to slow oxidation.
 Pumpkin Seed
Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber and certain vitamins & minerals. They are commonly incorporated into a raw diet for their benefits. But it may lose certain benefits after going through heat processing and not being prepped for maximum nutrient absorption.
 Yeast Culture
This is yeast and its growth medium. A yeast culture medium includes peptone, yeast extract, and dextrose or glucose. It is a source of protein and certain vitamins & minerals. This is not the same thing as nutritional yeast.
Alfalfa concentrate is seen as a controversial ingredient. This is high in protein but is from a plant source which makes it less bioavailable. Plant products are often added to boost overall protein content on the label.
Other notable ingredients include:
Montmorillonite Clay: contains many trace minerals and binds t certain mold-based toxins.
Menhaden Fish Meal: another meat-specific animal-based protein source.
Sprayed Pork Liver: which delivers several nutrients. But the process of spray drying does process the organ, which affects the bioavailability of nutrients.
Nature's Logic loses points due to the high amount of carbohydrates used. This is where all kibbles will fall short as it is unavoidable in a dry-processed food. Carbohydrates are what give kibble its shape and shelf-stable life.
Nature's Logic states that it is appropriate for all life stages, but it does have a higher calcium level than usual. If you have a large breed puppy, feed another food during the growth & development period.
Overall, Nature's Logic is an innovative dry food with high-quality meat ingredients, no synthetic vitamins & minerals, and only one main carbohydrate source. They also have several lines of food and proteins to appeal to the owner's wants. Out of all their lines, the Distinction has the highest quality ingredients, with fresh meat as the first ingredient followed by a meat-specific meal.
Although a fresh food diet is advocated, this kibble is the first kibble "recommended" if one cannot feed 100% raw. With any dry food diet, ensure you feed various proteins, add moisture, and Kibble Boosters.