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Review:Kibbles ‘n Bits is to dogs what Meow Mix is to cats. It’s colorful, they have a catchy line of commercials, and it seems to taste decent to them, much like Happy Meals taste good to children. I’ve often said it on other reviews, but I REALLY mean it when I say that this food is absolutely atrocious.
Three of the first four ingredients are cheap grains that aren’t needed by your dog. Is it any wonder why the protein percentage (19%) is extremely low in this food? When your food is comprised mostly of grains your dog would do better without, there isn’t much guesswork. The main animal protein source comes from the extremely cheap and disgusting “beef and bone meal”. At least they tell you it’s beef and not “meat”.
However, corn syrup is the 6th ingredient. Sugar is absolutely unnecessary and is only included to improve the taste of an otherwise crappy food. It’s not there for their health, but only to make your dog agree to eat it. What’s more, “wheat middlings”, also known as “floor sweepings” comes in next. The yummy “animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.” (check the glossary) comes in 9th, further sending this food into the gutter. Also, the loads of artificial colors are just not a good addition at all.
Heinz should stick to making ketchup, not pet foods.
What’s good about this food….
Not a single thing.
….and what’s not so good.
Extremely high worthless grain content, meat & bone meal, corn syrup (aka sugar), salt★ 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. is high, hydrochloric acid (!), animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., artificial colors.
Corn, soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats., beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., animal fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (bha used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt★ 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., hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. color, sorbic acid★ A mold and yeast inhibitor. (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate★ Neutralizer for rancid fats, similar to lye., minerals (ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., zinc oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., manganous oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., vitamins (vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. supplement, D-calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response.), calcium sulfate★ Plaster of Paris! Firming agent., titanium dioxide★ Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment., yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., yellow 6★ Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant., red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., BHA (used as a preservative), dl methionine.