Min. Crude Protein….41%
Min. Crude Fat………11%
Max. Crude Fiber…….2%
Max. Moisture………. 8.5%
Omega One Freshwater Flakes Ingredients:
Whole Salmon, Halibut, Black Cod, Whole Herring , Whole Shrimp, Whole Krill, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Fresh Kelp, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol (Preservative), Ethoxyquin (Preservative).
Omega One Freshwater Flakes Ingredients Analysis
Each of the first six ingredients is listed at their wet weight. Once dried, as they must be for inclusion into a fish flake food, their weight will be 80% less, indicating their listing in the ingredient order cannot be trusted. Wheat is split into two products. Once combined, the primary ingredient may actually be Wheat.
Use of “Whole Salmon” indentifies the entirety of the fish is used, not just the processing leftovers found in “fish meal” or “salmon meal”. Use of the whole animal significantly improves the nutritional value of the food. Salmon, specifically, is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as well as Astaxanthin, a red color enhancing carotenoid and powerful antioxidant.
While use of “Whole Salmon” (and other “whole animals”) complicates ingredient list evaluation due to inaccurate ordering, it does provide a positive indicator. While a pellet can never be considered “fresh”, whole fish listed as an ingredient (as opposed to “whole fish meal”) is a better indicator the initial meat product utilized in the manufacture of the food is fresher than would be a meal product, which will be more degraded.
Herring, absent the “whole” designation, indicates processing leftovers are used (scales, skin, bones, internal organs) in their fresh form (the same base ingredients as “herring meal” brought into the manufacturing process before it has been cooked into meal form.)
Whole Shrimp is a higher quality ingredient than is Shrimp meal while Whole Krill adds another quality source of preferred protein in addition to being another excellent source of Astaxanthin, a red color enhancing carotenoid and antioxidant.
Use of fresh kelp is appreciated, providing a good source of iodine for thyroid function, chlorophyll, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Copper, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese. Kelp is a very good natural source of Vitamin K. Although kelp listed higher in the ingredient order would be desired.
Despite each of the primary preferred proteins being listed at their wet weight, there is ample confidence in the preferred protein content of this food.
While this food does not contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K), it contains both Ethoxyquin and artificial colors. Tocopherol is an acceptable preservative.
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 3 Stars
This is a potential 5 star food being twice penalized for use of Ethoxyquin and Artificial Coloring agents. The quality ingredients utilized certainly justify a higher rating but concerns with the preferred protein to wheat ratio, combined with use of Ethoxyuin and artificial colors prevent rating any higher than a 3 star.
Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:
This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 star (worse) to 6 star (best), in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.
- Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
- Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
- A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.
These basic concepts apply:
- Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
- Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
- Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
- Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
- In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
- In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
- Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.
- Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus