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Purina One for dogs avoids the dubious distinction of a 1 star rating because they did manage to put lamb as their first ingredient, and to also include lamb meal as well further on down the list. The inclusion of oatmeal as a high-quality grain is appreciated, but it’s way too far down the line from where it should be.
Now, let’s get into where it goes wrong. Purina must have a deal with Budweiser because they seem to love using brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. in their foods. If they were using whole grain rice that was NOT an alcohol side-product, I’d be raving. However, they insist on going the cheap and non-nutritional way. Then, there are two corn products in a row. Trust me when I say that two corn products in a row or even 2 corn products in the same food is never, ever a good thing.
Besides the lamb, the other ways animals are used here are pretty much disgusting. This includes “Poultry by-product meal”, which tells us they don’t want to let us know exactly what bird’s feathers and beaks they put into this food. They also use the infamous “animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.”, which I pray you never have to watch being made. Oh, and caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. color, let’s not forget about that.
What’s good about this food….
Lamb is first, lamb meal is later.
….and what’s not so good.
Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. is 2nd, way too much corn, by-products are used, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. is present, artificial color.
Lamb (natural source of glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency.), brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., corn gluten meal, whole grain corn★★ 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., poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency.), oat meal★★★★★ Crushed oat groats, nutritive fiber, good for colon health, balances body’s pH, aids colon health., 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.), lamb meal, 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., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., calcium phosphate★★ Used to improve/stabilize dry foods, inexpensive mineral supplement., 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., caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. color, L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., 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 E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, 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 A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement, Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! oil, 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, calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., 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), sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..