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Pet Food Ingredients Revealed!

A NaturalNews Special Report by Dr. Lisa Newman and Mike Adams


Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Why nutrition matters for your pets
3. Pet food ingredients listed by best to worst (part 1 of 2)
4. Pet food ingredients listed by best to worst (part 2 of 2)
5. Pet food ingredients listed by frequency of use in products (part 1 of 2)
6. Pet food ingredients listed by frequency of use in products (part 2 of 2)
7. Pet food ingredients listed alphabetically (part 1 of 2)
8. Pet food ingredients listed alphabetically (part 2 of 2)
9. Worst pet food ingredients

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Pet food ingredients listed by best to worst (part 2 of 2)

The following list of pet food ingredients and ratings was created by a cooperative effort between pet food formulator Dr. Lisa Newman, N.D., Ph.D. (www.Azmira.com), Mike Adams (www.HealthRanger.org) and the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org). Mike Adams and the CWC analyzed the ingredients of 448 popular pet food products sold in the United States and organized them by frequency. Dr. Newman then provided a nutritional analysis and comment for each ingredient.

fish broth (3 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, but better that plain water for processing in can foods.

poultry giblets (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript waste.

whole garlic cloves (3 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Has anti-carcinogenic and antibiotic action, but not concentrated.

cranberries (3 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract.

cranberry powder (3 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky ingredient can not contain enough in food to be therapeutically beneficial.

D3 (3 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth.

D3 and E supplements (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Standard supplements.

deboned chicken (3 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Chicken meat is filled with water, less protein, deboned can be misleading as to higher quality.

potato fiber (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler.

potato (3 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
A carbohydrate source, can use as cheap filler, can cause weight gain and digestive upset.

potassium sorbate (a preservative) (3 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
A mold and yeast inhibitor. Mineral-based mold prohibitor.

corn germ meal (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Protein filler, whole corn is best.

chicken liver (3 stars) found in 15% of pet food products analyzed
Source of iron, necessary for red blood cell production, and flavor. Too much liver can be toxic.

soy protein isolate (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Dogs can not convert soy protein to useable fuel, fine in diet for cats. Meat protein is best.

soy protein concentrate (3 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Protein extracted form soy seed, dogs can not convert soy to protein. Meat is best protein for dogs and cats.

soy lecithin (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Natural antioxidant, often used with rendered animal fat as emulsifier.

chicken (natural source of glucosamine) (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough available to be therapeutically beneficial, plus it's full of water weight, gets it listed high on the label but robs dry food of meat protein, fine in can food.

bacillus subtilis (3 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing.

chicken cartilage (natural source of glucosamine) (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough is present for therapeutic response.

sodium selenite (3 stars) found in 67% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.

cobalt carbonate (3 stars) found in 21% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis.

chicken giblets (3 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
By-product, source of protein, flavor.

citric acid (3 stars) found in 18% of pet food products analyzed
Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.

folic acid (3 stars) found in 80% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.

chicken liver flavor (3 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Common food enhancer used, especially in cans.

sodium caseinate (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Used as a texturizer in cheap can food.

cinnamon (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky.

B-12 (3 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, involved in immune response.

chicken, fresh (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Chicken contains 84% water weight which robs the protein value from food but gets chicken listed high on label.

choline chloride (3 stars) found in 88% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats.

chondroitine sulfate (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough used for therapeutic response -- too costly.

chondroitin supplement (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough used for therapeutic response -- too costly.

chondroitin sulfate (3 stars) found in 10% of pet food products analyzed
Mostly used as gimmick, too expensive to use enough in food for therapeutic response.

chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid) (3 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Good source of energy and flavor, preserved with Vitamin E and C, but dogs do better with vegetable and fish oils.

folic acid pyridoxine hydrochloride (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of folic acid.

fish oil (source of omega fatty acids) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript source of fish oil. Often of poor quality.

fish meal (source of fish oil) (2 stars) found in 16% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of fatty acids (the oil has been pressed out), non-descriptive source indicates poor quality used.

flaxseed meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Flax oil has been pressed out of seed to make meal, poor source of fatty acids, cheap way to list flaxseed.

garlic flavor (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, non-nutritive feature.

fish meal (source of dha) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript source of fish, low in fatty acids as meal often has the oil removed from it.

fumaric acid (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Used in dry food as cheap preservative.

flax meal (2 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of fatty acids, oil has be pressed out.

fresh chicken (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Contains 84% water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

fish meal (natural source of glucosamine) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmick, not enough glucosamine provided to have therapeutic benefits, fish meal indicates cheap, rancid "fish".

fish meal (2 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source of protein, low in fatty acids (the oil is pressed out), indicates poor quality, rancid fish are often used.

brown rice (2 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans.

chicken liver digest (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Poor quality flavoring, can be rendered by chemical process.

chicken by products (organs only) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor quality diet, can contain rancid, diseased part, tumors, etc.

chicken (2 stars) found in 57% of pet food products analyzed
Contains 84% water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

casein (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Principle protein in cow's milk. Indicates cheap food, used to compensate for heavy grain use.

carrageenan gum (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler/binder in can foods.

carrageenan (2 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap binder/filler in can foods.

canola meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Oil (fatty acids) has been pressed out of seed. Cheap source of ‘canola.'

corn flour (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Can create bowel distress, weight gain, source of protein, filler.

brown rice flour (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Not "whole" ground, cheap filler.

copper oxide (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Inexpensive, difficult to assimilate.

broccoli (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Nutritious but can lead to gas. Very gimmicky.

beef & bone meal (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Bone meal is difficult to digest (the body does not assimilate it as calcium), cheap source of protein in poor quality product. Can be 4-D source.

beef (2 stars) found in 17% of pet food products analyzed
Contains water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

beans (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, added for cheap protein/fiber/ filler.

barley malt flour (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product of brewing industry, sweetened for flavor, can be used as filler, stripped of nutrients.

bacon (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, pork's not great for pets.

ascorbic acid (2 stars) found in 34% of pet food products analyzed
Vitamin C -- this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative.

argenine (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Amino acid added to grain-based foods, instead of using more meat protein.

calcium phosphate (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Used to improve/stabilize dry foods, inexpensive mineral supplement.

dried chicken stock (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dried vegetable fiber (carrots) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Good source of fiber but indicates pet food quality not human quality.

dried potatoes (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor quality, cheap filler.

dried liver digest (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dried green beans (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, poor animal feed quality.

dried eggs (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.

dried egg product (2 stars) found in 38% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.

dried egg powder (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.

dried egg (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

citrus pectin (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Too acidic for pets. Used more as fiber.

dried citrus pulp (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Citrus is too acidic for pets.

copper (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript, indicates oxide form, harder to absorb.

dried chicken liver (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dehydrated potatoes (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dehydrated alfalfa meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dehydrated alfalfa (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

deboned turkey (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Contains water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

corn meal (2 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, used as protein source.

corn bran (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Mostly a filler.

egg pieces (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

dried cooked turkey (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor animal feed quality.

turkey (natural source of glucosamine) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough is available for therapeutic response. Turkey meat is heavy in water - listed high up on label but does not provide enough protein, indicates food high in grain protein.

potato starch (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, can cause digestive upset and weight gain.

potassium iodine (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Source of iodine, may cause allergies.

trace minerals (copper sulfate (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, but indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.

pork broth (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Generally indicates poor quality food.

philloquinone (vitamin K1) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Unusual source of Vitamin K.

trace minerals (zinc oxide) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, but indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.

pasta (durum semolina enriched with thiamine mononitrate) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, gimmicky filler uses remnants of pasta making industry.

trace minerals (zinc sulfate) (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Standard zinc source, protects against cell damage and stimulates immune system, but indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.

malted barley flour (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Sweetened for flavor, can be used as filler, stripped of nutrients.

pasta (durum flour) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, gimmicky filler uses remnants of pasta making industry.

tomato pomace (2 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset.

rice protein concentrate (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, probably white rice, dietary protein is best derived from meat source.

non-fat yogurt (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, indicates source of probiotics but not enough is used to be effective and can not stand up to heat processing.

monocalcium phosphate (2 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Buffer, neutralizing agent in flours, poor source of phosphorous.

mixed vegetable fiber (carrots) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Good source of fiber but indicates pet food quality not human quality.

minerals (calcium chloride) (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Is often used to melt ice but effective as diuretic and urine acidifier, shows a very narrow mineral profile.

menadione (vitamin K3) (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Limited source of Vitamin K activity.

venison liver (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Source of iron, flavor but too much liver in dry food can become toxic to the body, fine in can as flavoring.

vitamin B12 and D3 supplements (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates lack of well rounded supplements aids immune function and encourages calcium and phosphorous to build bone and teeth.

turkey (2 stars) found in 12% of pet food products analyzed
Contains water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

steamed bone meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source, bone meal is a hard to digest and assimilate source of phosphorous and calcium, they also get protein from this source.

sodium propionate (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Chemical used to prevent mold and fungus, indicates poor quality food.

sodium metabisulfate (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Inorganic salt which retards bacteria found on rancid meat.

sodium silico aluminate (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Chemical used as anti-caking product.

sodium ascorbate (source of vitamin C) (2 stars) found in 12% of pet food products analyzed
Buffered with salt, Vitamin C is vital to immune function.

sodium alginate (2 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Thickener, stabilizer in can foods.

selenium (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript, can indicate poor quality.

salmon oil (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
May contain higher levels of mercury than other fish oils.

salmon broth (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Better than plain water for processing can food but can contain mercury.

trace minerals (calcium sulfate (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Standard source, but indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.

lamb tripe (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Intestines, not best source of protein.

tomatos (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset.

sufficient water for processing (2 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Cheapest, non-nutritive filler in can food, should use a meat broth instead.

sunflower meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, all the oil (fatty acids) has been pressed out of seed.

pysllium (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can be too harsh on digestive system, usually gimmicky.

sunflower oil (2 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved.

sweet potato powder (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates waste product, filler.

tapioca starch (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler and binder.

textured vegetable protein (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates food low in animal proteins, cheap additive/filler.

tomato paste (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky can be too acidic for some pets, especially dogs, not enough used for good nutrient content.

pasta (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Pure starch can cause digestive upset and weight gain -- gimmicky filler.

rye (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Very harsh grain to digest. Pets usually don't like it.

gum arabic (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler/binder used in can foods.

ground wheat flour (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Not "whole" ground, misleading indicates poor quality - causes digestive upset, allergies and feeds arthritis.

L-carnitine supplement (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
This amino acid (to build muscle) is not needed unless it's a poor quality of meat used or high grain content food.

lamb (2 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Contains 70% water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food, less protein nutrition! Best used in can food.

L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C) (2 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated.

L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (2 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated.

L-arginine (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Alkaline amino acid added to poor quality foods to excrete urea.

ground wheat (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Not "whole" ground, misleading indicates poor quality - causes digestive upset, allergies and feeds arthritis.

guar gum (2 stars) found in 31% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, non-nutritive filler in can foods.

L-carnitine (2 stars) found in 16% of pet food products analyzed
Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism.

lamb liver (2 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Used as flavor, source of iron, but too much liver in dry foods can become toxic to the body, fine in can food when it's not a primary ingredient.

lamb digest (2 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Used as flavoring in poor quality foods, rendered lamb parts.

whole grain corn (2 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Contains all nutrients of corn but indicates the use of feed-grade (old, moldy), not human-grade (healthier, fresher), can cause allergies, weight gain, blood sugar imbalances.

whole grain wheat (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Contains all nutrients of wheat but indicates the use of feed-grade (old, moldy), not human-grade (healthier, fresher), can cause allergies.

wheat (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor feed-grade quality, causes allergies and digestive upset. Not whole ground.

iron sulfate (2 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of iron.

ground yellow corn (2 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates feed-grade source of protein/filler, not "whole" ground.

ground psyllium seed (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Aids in stool formation but can be too harsh on digestive tract.

lycopene (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough used for therapeutic response unless listed higher on the label.

L-lysine (2 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods.

lutein (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky, not enough used for therapeutic response unless listed higher on the label.

xanthan gum (2 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap binder, filler in can foods.

wheat germ meal (2 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Often added in cheap foods to wheat to balance grain and add protein, cheaper that using whole grain.

chicken by-products (organ meat only), fresh (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can be poor quality hidden behind "organ meat only" and "fresh" still by-products which can include diseased organ tissue, tumors.

animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript source, often rancid to begin with, regardless of natural preservative use afterwards, misleading.

caramel color (1 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar-based or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats.

caramel (1 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats.

animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid) (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive fat! Can be anything rancid or 4-D (dead, dying, disabled, diseased) regardless of natural Vitamin E and C preservatives. Misleading.

yellow 5 (1 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use.

yellow 5 and other color (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Possible carcinogens.

tallow (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Causes poor health, disrupts digestion, can include rancid restaurant grease. Very bad fat source!

animal fat (preserved with vitamin E mixed tocopherols) (1 stars) found in 10% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, cheap animal source, often rancid prior to preserving with Vitamin E (gimmicky to cover poor quality fat).

yellow 6 (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant.

tetra sodium pyrophosphate (1 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Is a rust stain remover used in cleaning products (TSP)!!!! Why is it in food? Emulsification of rendered animal fats! Very toxic, causes nausea and diarrhea.

animal fat (preserved with vitamin E) (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat, regardless of "natural" preservative it is rancid, often from diseased tissue. Misleading to be preserved with vitamin E.

cane molasses (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
SUGAR!!! Leads to weight gain, hyperactivity and feeds arthritis, best used in treats, not supplements or foods.

sodium tripolyphosphate (1 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Used as rancid meat preservative.

calcium sulfate (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Plaster of Paris! Firming agent.

soy hulls (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can cause bowel irritation, cheap filler.

animal fat (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic.

soybean hulls (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, harsh on intestines.

soy flour (1 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of grain protein, filler, can cause bloat/death in dogs.

cellulose powder (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Harsh on bowels, suspected to include recycled cardboard.

sorbitol (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Sweetener and binder.

chicken by-product meal (1 stars) found in 23% of pet food products analyzed
Ground up carcasses, internal organs, beaks, feet. Concentrated.

sorbic acid (a preservative) (1 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
A mold and yeast inhibitor.

animal fat (preserved with BHA/BHT) (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive fat source, indicates 4-D source chemically preserved with carcinogens.

starch (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheapest form of carbohydrates causes weight gain and poor digestion, filler.

yeast culture (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Flavoring, source of protein, potentially toxic to the liver.

sucrose (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar --leads to hyperactivity, addiction to food (sugar rush), weight gain.

animal digest (1 stars) found in 13% of pet food products analyzed
Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.

sugar (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar?!! Leads to diabetes, hyperactivity and obesity. Can feed arthritis. BAD.

soybean mill run (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
This is the sweepings off the floor-cheap filler, poor source of protein.

cellulose (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Harsh on bowels, suspected to include recycled cardboard. Can also be crushed peanut hulls.

turmeric (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Gimmicky spice to aid digestion.

whole rice (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor quality white rice which can cause diabetes in dogs.

beets (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Implies whole beet is more nutritious than beet pulp alone but still contains sugar which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, hyperactivity.

beet pulp (sugar removed) (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Fiber/filler, stills contains enough sugar for rush/addiction to food and hyperactivity.

bacon flavors (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Does not say "natural" so it's possibly artificial, can be a carcinogen.

beet pulp (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets.

beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of vitamin E) (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Beef tallow can be used restaurant fat! Misleading with "natural" Vitamin E preservative added. Indicates very poor quality product.

beef tallow preserved with BHA and mixed-tocopherols (source of vitamin E) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Terrible source of fat, chemically preserved with potential carcinogen but uses "Vitamin E" to mislead consumer. Indicates very poor quality product.

BHA (a preservative) (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Chemical. Highly carcinogenic preservative.

beef tallow (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging.

wheat middlings (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Sweepings off the floor causes allergies and digestive upset.

wheat gluten (1 stars) found in 28% of pet food products analyzed
Poor protein source, used as a cheap, non-nutritive filler -- causes allergies.

vegetable oil (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source of fat, contains saturated fat which is hard on the body, causes premature aging.

venison by-products (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Contains all meat not fit for human consumption, diseased organs, tumors, promotes premature aging.

beef by-products (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Can include any internal part of the cow other than the meat, often from 4-D, rancid sources.

wheat flour (1 stars) found in 18% of pet food products analyzed
Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems.

water (1 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Used as non-nutritive filler in food. UGH!

water sufficient for processing (1 stars) found in 10% of pet food products analyzed
Robs protein from can food since it is used as non-nutritive filler instead.

wheat bran (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor quality food, can cause allergies, best to have whole wheat.

beef tallow (preserved with BHA) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
One of the worse kinds of fat, chemically preserved with potential carcinogen. Often produces allergies.

brewers dried yeast (1 stars) found in 34% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis.

thiamine hydrochloride (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Cheapest, poorly assimilated source of Thiamine, Vitamin B-1, needed for nervous system and mental attitude.

titanium dioxide (1 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment.

titanium dioxide color (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment.

calcium chloride (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Used as a source of calcium but can cause digestive upset, heart issues.

Chicken by-product (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Ground up carcasses, diseased internal organs, beaks and feet.

artificial flavor (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can become carcinogenic. Produces allergies.

wheat starch (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Poor carbohydrate source causes allergies.

turkey by-product meal (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can include carcass, feet, beaks and diseased turkey organs, tumors.

brewers yeast (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis.

calcium propionate (a preservative) (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Chemical. Potentially carcinogenic, antifungal.

brewer’s rice (1 stars) found in 31% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes.

trace minerals (potassium chloride) (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Source of potassium to balance pH, small intestinal ulcers may occur, indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.

bone meal (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-digestible source of calcium can lead to digestive upset. Can be from 4-D sources.

trace minerals (sodium tripolyphoshate) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, potentially harmful source of phosphorous indicates lack of well-rounded supplements.

blue 2 and other color (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Carcinogenic.

blue 2 (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Carcinogenic, artificial color.

wheat mill run (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Sweepings off the floor, causes allergies, digestive upset and feeds arthritis, leads to premature aging.

sodium phosphate (1 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Non-digestible source of phosphorous (vital to maintaining acid/alkalinity pH).

brewers yeast extract (saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles) (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Liquid left over from brewery process, condensed. Can become toxic to the liver.

natural and artificial chicken flavor (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Artificial flavors can cause severe illness, become carcinogenic.

manganous oxide calcium iodate (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Often used in bleaching tallow.

maple syrup (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar, causes weight gain, hyperactivity, feeds cancer and arthritis, should not be used in food or supplements, only treats.

meat and bone meal (natural source of calcium) (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive indicates 4-D meat, cheapest source, can include diseased tissues plus bone meal can not be digested and assimilated as calcium!

dried grape pomace (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Grapes can be deadly to dogs.

meat and liver meal (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can include tumors and diseased tissues, rancid trim pieces and liver of various animals, concentrated.

meat by-products (1 stars) found in 18% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive indicates 4-D meat, cheapest source, can include diseased tissues (tumors) and organs.

menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity) (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Least beneficial source of Vitamin K activity needed for proper blood clotting.

modified food starch (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript source can be from any grain, causes allergies, weight gain and poor digestion, filler.

modified starch (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of carbohydrates, filler, causes digestive upset.

peanut hulls 10.8% (source of fiber) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can harm the digestive tract, cheap fiber.

monosodium phosphate (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Used as emulsifying agent.

lysine (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates heavy soy-based food which dogs can die from unless they have lysine to help digest it, best to avoid this diet unless soy is missing.

natural and artificial flavors (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Poor quality of flavor additive, artificial flavors can be carcinogenic.

onion extract (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Onions can be deadly to dogs.

onion powder (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Can be deadly to dogs, non-nutritive.

dried cellulose (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Very harsh on digestive tract, suspected to include cardboard or peanut hulls.

partially hydrogenated soybean oil (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cases digestive upset, premature aging.

dried capsicum (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cayenne powder, can burn stomach.

dried brewers yeast (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can become toxic to liver, waste product of beer and ale industry.

dried beet pulp (sugar removed) (1 stars) found in 25% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product. Cheapest, most common filler used, still contains enough sugar residue to cause problems such as hyperactivity and blood sugar imbalances.

dried beet pulp (1 stars) found in 10% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product. Cheap filler/fiber-causes sugar rush/addiction to food, hyperactivity and allergies.

rice hulls (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, can be harsh on intestines.

molasses (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Added to foods or high on the list of supplements creates blood sugar imbalance, causes diabetes, hyperactivity, best used in treats, not foods or supplements.

L-alanine (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Non-essential amino acid used as supplement in heavy grain-based foods but causes cancer in lab mice.

glycerine (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Sweetens food, used as humectant (keeps food moist), interferes with nutrient assimilation.

glyceryl monostearate (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
An emulsifier (breaks down fats), lethal to lab rats, still under investigation by FDA.

glycine (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Non-essential amino acid used as antacid, indicates very poor quality food.

ground corn (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Is not "whole ground," this is misleading, often indicates poor quality, can cause allergies.

fresh chicken by-products (organ meat only) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates poor quality hidden behind "organ meat only" and "fresh" still by-products which can include diseased organ tissue.

food starch (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript source can be from any grain, causes allergies, weight gain and poor digestion, cheap filler.

ground rice (1 stars) found in 17% of pet food products analyzed
Filler -- has been linked to diabetes, always indicates white rice, not whole grain but usually floor sweepings from rice industry.

hydrochloric acid (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Corrosive ingredient used as modifier for food starch, gelatin, as a pH adjuster and conversion of corn starch to syrup.

fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) (1 stars) found in 10% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, cheap "fish" source, often rancid prior to preserving with Vitamin E (gimmicky to cover poor quality oil).

fish oil (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive type of fish can include rancid source of "throw away" catches.

dried meat by-product (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Can include tumors and diseased tissues, rancid trim pieces and innards of various animals.

iron oxide (1 stars) found in 12% of pet food products analyzed
Can be cultivated from rust!

magnesium oxide (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Has caused tumors in lab rats, antacid.

fish (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, probably rancid and of poor quality. Can have high levels of mercury.

lamb by-product (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Contains everything internal but the muscle meat including diseased tissue, tumors, etc.

eucalyptus oil (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Not an essential oil meant for ingesting!

ethoxyquin (a preservative) (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
The most carcinogenic preservative, most in industry have stopped using it except very cheap, poor quality foods.

egg product (1 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.

dried whey (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Can encourage allergies, cheap protein source from cow's milk.

liver (1 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive source can include any mammal tissue, too much liver can become toxic to the body when used in dry foods, used as flavor, minimal source of iron.

L-lysine monohydrochloride (1 stars) found in 8% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), cheaper to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods.

dried plain beet pulp (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Pure sugar filler -- leads to weight gain, hyperactivity and feeds arthritis.

dried animal digest (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Flavor enhancer. Is non-descriptive, digest is rendered animal tissue, including rancid or diseased parts.

iodized salt (1 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Used to cover rancid meats and fats, get cats to drink more - causes kidney dysfunction, hypertension.

salmon (1 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
A source of protein and fatty acids which can add mercury to the diet.

propylene glycol (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Adds sweetness to food, used in antifreeze! Some preservative action, possible carcinogen.

corn (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Inexpensive feed-grade can include moldy grain or fungus which has cause death.

rabbit by products (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Includes tumors, ears, carcass, etc.

red 3 (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Carcinogenic color.

red 40 (1 stars) found in 6% of pet food products analyzed
Artificial color, carcinogenic.

red 40 and other color (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Is a carcinogen.

rice (1 stars) found in 7% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, can cause diabetes in dogs, often indicates poorest quality possible.

rice bran (1 stars) found in 12% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, can lead to digestive upset.

rice flour (1 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler, causes bowel distress and can lead to diabetes in dogs.

pasta (wheat flour) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap, gimmicky filler that can cause allergies, feeds arthritis.

rice gluten (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Can encourage diabetes, a poor protein source/filler.

corn gluten (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Highly allergenic, adds sugar, is a poor protein source, interferes with digestion.

salmon meal (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Concentrated source of protein and a few fatty acids (oil has been pressed out) but can add mercury to the diet.

salt (1 stars) found in 69% of pet food products analyzed
Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension -- used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride.

sea salt (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension -- used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride.

smoke flavor (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates flavor which can potentially become carcinogenic, retards bacteria on rancid meat.

sodium bisulfate (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Used as disinfectant!

sodium carbonate (1 stars) found in 11% of pet food products analyzed
Neutralizer for rancid fats, similar to lye.

sodium chloride (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Table salt -- used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension -- used to encourage cats to drink.

sodium hexametaphosphate (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of phosphorus can become deadly to dogs -- emulsifier, texturizer.

sodium nitrite (for color retention) (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Potentially highly carcinogenic.

sodium nitrite (for color retention). (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Potentially highly carcinogenic.

glycerin (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Sweetens food, used as humectant (keeps food moist), interferes with nutrient assimilation.

poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols) (1 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descriptive, can be any foul, often rancid prior to preserving with Vitamin E (gimmicky, to cover poor quality fat used).

DL-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E] (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Synthetic source, non-nutritive. Used generally as a "natural" preservative.

DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Synthetic source, non-nutritive.

petrolatum (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Vaseline! Mild laxative effect when ingested. Petroleum is a carcinogen.

dicalcium phosphate (1 stars) found in 26% of pet food products analyzed
Can become toxic to body -- texturizer in can food.

dextrose (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Sugar, feeds cancer, causes hyperactivity, weight gain.

phosphoric acid (1 stars) found in 12% of pet food products analyzed
A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats -- implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous.

pork by-products (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Can contain non-human-edible parts, diseased organs and tissues, pork's not the best meat for pets.

pork liver (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Cheapest source of flavoring, some iron, hard to digest. Liver can become toxic to the body.

poultry (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Can include any foul, non-descriptive, often includes diseased meat, non-human grade.

poultry by-product meal (1 stars) found in 9% of pet food products analyzed
Ground up carcasses, can include dead, diseased foul, all internal parts void of healthy meat, includes feet and beaks, concentrated.

propyl gallate and citric acid (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
Chemical preservative, can cause digestive upset, stomach irritation, deceptive adding with natural Vitamin C.

poultry fat (preserved with BHA) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Non-descript fat, possible carcinogenic preservative.

propionic acid (a preservative) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Potentially harmful mold inhibitor.

poultry liver (1 stars) found in 4% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap source of liver flavoring, non-descriptive, often includes diseased tissues. Can become toxic to body.

corn syrup (1 stars) found in 2% of pet food products analyzed
A "sugar" that causes diabetes, weight gain, hyperactivity, fearful behavior, ill health.

corn starch-modified (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of nutrients, protein, filler, binder.

corn starch (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Terrible filler, causes several health issues including allergies.

corn oil (preserved with TBHQ) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
TBHQ contains petroleum-derived butane, can be carcinogenic.

powdered cellulose (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Cheap filler/source of fiber, suspected to include cardboard, causes irritable bowel problems.

powdered cellulose (11.1% source of fiber) (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Suspected to include recycled cardboard.

corn grits (1 stars) found in 5% of pet food products analyzed
Poor source of protein and carbohydrates, filler.

corn gluten meal (1 stars) found in 31% of pet food products analyzed
Waste product, cheap, non-nutritive filler but used as protein source -- can cause allergies and sugar imbalance.

chicken flavors (1 stars) found in 1% of pet food products analyzed
Indicates artificial flavor which can be a carcinogen.

poultry by-products (1 stars) found in 3% of pet food products analyzed
Ground up carcasses, can include dead, diseased foul, all internal parts void of healthy meat, includes feet and beaks.

Note: "Gimmick" or "Gimmicky" means this ingredient is listed on the label in order to hype the product to human buyers, but is usually not present in large enough quantities to be effective in any meaningful way.

Additional notes

The comments on pet food ingredients listed here are the opinion of Dr. Lisa Newman and are based on over 20 years of clinical experience in nutritional therapies for pets. Dr. Newman's line of pet products includes premium holistic food, herbal supplements, and nutritional supplements. Dr. Newman's website is www.Azmira.com and her products are carried in natural health stores and can be ordered directly from her website. User success stories about pet health recovery using Azmira products can be viewed at http://www.azmira.com/AzmiraStories.htm

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