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Purina Beneful

Purina Beneful

Purina Beneful has enjoyed quite the reputation in pet food circles among those who may not really know what’s in pet foods. If a person is asked what food they feed their dog, and the response is “Beneful”, it’s probably a good bet that often the people will respond positively due to the ad campaign and the packaging. But does it hold up when the label is looked at?? Let’s see….

Well, no. Actually it’s downright terrible. Corn is an awful ingredient for dog foods, and yet it occupies the first and third places in the list. The main animal protein source is by-products, which are the lowest quality parts of the animal (heads, beaks, feet, etc) and wouldn’t be fed by us directly to our animals ever. They use wheat, even though I am sure they are very aware that this is the top cause of food allergies in dogs and is not a nutritionally sound inclusion. They also attempt to rectify this by using rice, but they’re using rice flour, which takes away a lot of the value of it. If they’d used whole grain rice, credit would have been in order.

By the time they throw in “beef” as the 7th ingredient, it’s too late. A real meat source should be first for dogs, not seventh. Not only that, note how high sugar is on the ingredient list. Sugar shouldn’t even be listed on a label, but for it to make the top 10 is certainly a bad sign. Added salt coming right after it is a doubly bad sign. Your dog doesn’t need the extra sodium (or sugar). They’re only put in there b/c it wouldn’t taste good enough otherwise.

So if you put it all together, it’s just a disaster. I’d go as far as to say it’s hardly even better than Dog Chow, and that’s quite a statement. Save your money.

What’s good about this food….

Not much of anything.

….and what’s not so good.

Widespread use of corn, by-products are top animal protein, wheat is a top grain as well, sugar is high on ingredient list, animal digest is used, many artificial colors.


Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, salt, phosphoric acid, animal digest, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.