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Beneful Original
one and a half stars

To get more information on Beneful dog food, the company, and recall history, go to the Beneful Dog Food Review page. Or, to read reviews of other dry dog foods, find it at the Dry Dog Food Review page.

From the Beneful Website:

4health™ Chicken & Rice Formula for Adult Dogs is specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your adult dog. Fresh chicken is the first ingredient, providing great taste and great protein nutrition. With protein and fat levels selected to help your dog maintain a lean body condition, this formula provides optimal nutrition for optimal health.

  • Great Taste - Fresh chicken satisfies your dog's taste preference.
  • Antioxidant Formulation - Contains guaranteed levels of vitamin E and selenium to ensure that your dog is receiving optimum antioxidant nutrition.
  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Contains 300 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 100 mg/kg chondroitin sulfate.
  • Omega Fatty Acid Nutrition: A blend of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids helps keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny.
  • Chelated Minerals: These minerals (proteinates) are attached to amino acids and are easily absorbed for optimal mineral nutrition.
  • Whole Grains - A blend of multiple whole grains provides your dog with carbohydrates for (max.), energy.
  • Fiber Blend - A blend of natural fibers helps maintain healthy digestion.
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, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, animal digest, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, Red 40, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 25.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 10.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 4.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 14.0% (Maximum)
Linoleic Acid 1.5% (Minimum)
Calcium 1.1% (Minimum)
Iron 175 mg/kg (Minimum)
Selenium 0.2 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin A 10,000 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg (Minimum)

The main ingredients

Ground yellow corn is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more corn than any other ingredient. Corn is a very controversial ingredient. Many of the commercial dog food manufacturers claim it is a vital ingredient for your dogs nutrition. However, there is only modest nutritional value to corn. And corn has been linked to many food allergy problems in dogs.

Therefore corn is not considered a preferred component in any dog food, and should never find its way into the top five ingredients..

The next ingredient is chicken by-product meal. Chicken by-products are the rendered product of waste in a slaughterhouse. It is made from whatever is left of a chicken after all the good parts have been removed. While this means it could contain organs, which are nutritious, it could actually be anything except real meat! This includes feet and beaks.

Since this is a meal, it is a meat concentrate, and therefore will contain three times the protein of the chicken parts themselves.

Chicken by-products should be considered an inferior product, and would be associated with lower quality dog foods..

The third ingredient is corn gluten meal. Per the AAFCO, corn gluten meal is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup..." Compared to meat, glutens are far inferior grai-based proteins, and lack much of the amino acids necessary for a dogs life.

Therefore, corn gluten meal is not a preferred ingredient in any pet foods..

The fourth ingredient is whole wheat flour. Like corn, wheat flour is both an inexpensive and a controversial grain with only modest nutritional value. Wheat flour comes from milling of wheat and is highly refined.

Wheat flour is not considered a quality ingredient for any dog food..

The fifth ingredient is animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E). Animal fat is an anonymous product of rendering, the same high temperature method of making meat meals. Since no specific animal is mentioned, it could contain any kind of meat, including roadkill, diseased animals, or even euthanized pets.

Animal fat is not considered a quality ingredient for any dog food..

Other ingredients of note in Beneful Original

Beef: Although beef is a quality ingredient, it contains about 80% moisture. Cooking drives out the moisture, leaving just a small fraction of the original weight in the final produce. Therefore, it may actually account for a smaller part of the total content than reflected on the ingredients list.

Meat and bone meal: Per AAFCO meat and bone meal is a dry "rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents." Typically meat and bone meal has a lower nutritional value than most other meat meals.

Another problem with meat and bone meal is that it is an anonymous meat. Since there is no mention of what type of meat is used, it could be any kind of meat, including roadkill or diseased livestock. Generic meat concentrates such as this is not considered a quality dog food ingredient.

Animal digest: Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble solely to improve its taste.

Artificial coloring: Artificial coloring has only one use in dog food... to make it more appealing to humans, since the dog doesn't care what color it is.

Non-chelated minerals: The minerals listed do not appear to be chelated, which means that they may be more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are typically associated with low quality dog foods.

So is it a good dog food?

Beneful Original

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 29% protein and 12% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 51% and a fat to protein ratio of 41%.

This shows Beneful Original contains near average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that Beneful Original is a below average dry dog food, with a below average amount of meat.

Beneful Original receives one star and avoidance is highly recommended.

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