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Review: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★ 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. 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★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. is used, many artificial colors.
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole 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. preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), rice flour, beef, soy flour★ Cheap source of grain protein, filler, can cause bloat/death in dogs., sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate★★★ Anti-caking agent, emulsifier and dietary supplement of Phosphorous needed for body’s alkaline/acid balance., water, 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., phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., sorbic acid★ A mold and yeast inhibitor. (a preservative), L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, dried peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., dried carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., calcium propionate★ Chemical. Potentially carcinogenic, antifungal. (a preservative), choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., added color (Yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., Red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., Yellow 6★ Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant., Blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial color.), DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. supplement, 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, copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! oil, thiamine hydrochloride, 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., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex★★★ Standard source of Vitamin K activity, necessary for blood clotting, aids as anti-parasitic for intestinal worms. (source of Vitamin K activity), 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..