Video: Introducing The Honest Kitchen’s Newest Dog Food – Revel
As a holistic veterinarian, I’m eager to tout my praise of the ingredients in Honest Kitchen’s new canine diet Revel.
I am always intrigued to learn of new diets available for my canine patients, especially when the formulation includes whole-food ingredients. Kibble contains protein and grain ‘meals and by-products’ which don’t naturally exist, so it’s important that dog owners offer foods (and treats) having nutrients appearing similar to how they do walking on the earth, swimming in our waters, or growing in or out of the soil.
In the video at the top of the post, Lucy Postins, The Honest Kitchen Founder, explains some of the features of Revel including how popular it is with picky pups as well as its budget-friendly price. Additionally, here are my thoughts on some of the ingredient highlights of Revel:
Chickens that are not exposed to the stressors of close-quarters-confinement in small cages (commonly stacked one-on-top of the other forcing chickens in lower cages to stand in and consume wastes from the upper cages) and instead live in more spacious pens are healthier and ultimately produce higher quality meat. Additionally, whole-food protein is more highly bioavailable than protein from grain by-product meal, which is found in kibble and some canned foods to elevate protein levels while making a product that meets protein levels while being cheaper to manufacture.
Organic Barley, Flax and Oats
Yes, barley, flax, and oats are grains, but they offer many nutritive benefits including fiber, omega fatty acids, vitamins (B1, B3), and minerals (chromium, copper, mangesium, selenium, etc.). Barley’s insoluble fiber serves as a prebiotic, which provides growth medium for beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Flax is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid having anti-inflammatory benefits, and lignans, which are an antioxidant. Oats contain antioxidant compounds like avenanthramides, which reduce the risk of heart and blood vessel disease by preventing free radicals from damaging beneficial low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol).
Plus, these grains are found in a form nearly identical to how they appear in nature, are not fractionated into ‘meals and by-products’, and are human grade, which reduces the allowable levels of mold-based toxins (aflatoxin, etc.) as compared to feed-grade grains.
White potatoes add a beneficial punch of nutrients and are a source of carbohydrates that are not commonly found in most commercially available dog foods. Potatoes provide vitamins (B3, B6, C, etc.), minerals (manganese, phosphorus, etc.), and antioxidants (carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.). It is a misconception that potatoes are bad for dogs; human-grade potatoes without green skins or tubers, where toxins can potentially be found, have many nutritional benefits.
Peas, carrots, parsley, kelp, and celery provide a variety of vitamins and minerals that are in central to cellular function and antioxidants that help reduce damage caused inflammation, trauma, and disease. Peas contain phytonutrients called saponins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Carrots contain carotenoids, like beta-carotene, that helps prevent oxidative damage to cells. Parsley is extremely rich in Vitamin K, a crucial factor in maintaining the body’s blood-clotting mechanisms. Celery has non-starch polysaccharides (carbohydrates), including apiuman, which have anti-inflammatory benefits on the digestive tract and other organ systems. Additionally, the insoluble fiber provided by vegetables (and fruit) helps the body to clear toxins and metabolic waste (bile, etc.) via the digestive tract.
You may be thinking that feeding fruit to your pooch sounds “bananas”, but such is quite the opposite. Bananas are an easily digestible food that’s exceptionally rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and promotes options contraction in vital organs like the heart and blood vessels.
Revel would be a great choice for dogs that eat chicken-based diets and have food intolerance or allergies to grains like corn, wheat, and soy. Give Revel a try for your canine companion as an alternative to kibble-based diets and note his energetic and digestive tract response to meals that are fresh, moist, and whole-food.