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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet is a mid-priced dog food with good quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including zero artificial preservatives, colors and flavors - that’s fantastic. The food has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat , but an excellent quality of meat and fat. Natural Balance has an above-average number of recalls and the company was relatively transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
The food has high carbs and low protein and fats, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, very high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.
To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more
Min. Protein 23.33%
Min. Fat 11.11%
Min. Carbs 57.78%
Max. Fiber 5.56%
Max. Ash 7.78%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 21.0%
Min Fat: 10.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 5.0%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 10.0%
350 Calories per Cup
This product has a somewhat low amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Lower calorie foods like this can be for weight loss or less active dogs who require fewer daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.
Grain-Free Dog Foods
This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.Learn More
Sweet Potatoes, Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal, Potato Protein, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Dried Potato Products, Salt, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dl-Methionine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Citric Acid (Preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 controversial ingredients, really great!
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.
No controversial ingredients can be found on Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula - that’s really fantastic.
Country of Origin
Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula is made in the United States, that’s great as it means strict regulations are in place.
Meat & Fat Quality
The main meats and fats in this dog food are Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt and Salmon Oil. All of them are high-quality choices because they clearly name which species of animal or plant they were sourced from. This is a sign of transparency and quality.
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula contains zero controversial preservatives. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.
The food also doesn’t list any artificial colors, lots to like here.
No artificial flavors either, that’s great news. This dog food manages to ace all three “artificial ingredients” tests, an excellent performance. Natural Balance made great food choices in this area.
Natural Balance has an above-average number of recalls. Let’s take a closer look at recent dog food recalls:
We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.
How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
Natural Balance did not responded to our email within the first day suggesting that we should call in with these questions. We then placed a call and received answers to the questions below. Since the call was not recorded, the following responses are paraphrased - they should not be seen as exact statements from the company.
Does Natural Balance have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
Yes, we have a nutritionist is on staff. But can’t share names.
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
Same staff mentioned above.
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
Do not. Feel they are invasive. Instead routinely test nutrient content values.
We found a number of companies felt like the AAFCO feeding trials were either invasive, or inhumane.
What country are your products manufactured?
The majority in USA, with a few exceptions being manufactured in a Thailand facility with LID Mini Rewards in Canada.
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
Phone: For competitive reasons cannot disclose their entire QA process but referenced: https://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/buy-with-confidence/safety-testing
It’s unclear how safety can’t be disclosed for competitive reasons.
Does Natural Balance own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Do any parts of your product come from China?
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.