Which Butternut Box Fresh-Cooked Recipes
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Butternut Box Dog Food earns The Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Butternut Box product line includes the 11 fresh-cooked dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Butternut Box Beef it Up
|Butternut Box Chicken You Out
|Butternut Box Gobble Gobble Turkey
|Butternut Box Wham Bam Lamb
|Butternut Box Pork This Way
|Butternut Box Duo of Duck and Chicken
|Butternut Box Salmon to Love
|Butternut Box Pork of the Town
|Butternut Box Tuck in Chicken
|Butternut Box Ready Steady Veggie
|Butternut Box Plant Get Enough
Recipe and Label Analysis
Butternut Box Pork This Way 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.
Butternut Box Pork This Way
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Protein = 39% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 28%
Ingredients: Freshly prepared pork 60% (minced pork, pork heart, pork liver), carrots, split red lentils, butternut squash, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brewers yeast, minerals, ground flaxseed, dried sage, nutritional additives (per kg), : vitamin D3 150iu, vitamin E 40mg, zinc (as zinc chelate of protein hydrolysates), 25mg, iron (as iron (ii), chelate of protein hydrolysates), 15mg, manganese (as manganese chelate of protein hydrolysates), 2.5mg, copper (as copper (ii), chelate of amino acids hydrate), 2.5mg, iodine (as calcium iodate anhydrous), 0.7mg
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Dry Matter Basis
|Calorie Weighted Basis
Protein = 30% | Fat = 49% | Carbs = 21%
The first ingredient in this dog food is pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.
This item includes pork heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
And pork liver is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
Pork is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The third ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The seventh ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
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 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.
Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.
Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.
In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.
In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.
What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, flaxseed is 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.
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 ingredients alone, Butternut Box looks like an above-average moist dog food.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils, brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.
Our Rating of Butternut Box Fresh-Cooked Dog Food
Butternut Box is a fresh-cooked then frozen dog food using a notable amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Butternut Box Dog Food Recall History
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No recalls noted
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04/14/2023 Last Update