Monday, September 30, 2013
Last night we were watching TV together and over an hour of time we saw a few dog food commercials. We were all teasing that we bet that the dog food would be safer for Abby then a lot of other "processed" foods. Abby said based on the commercials "If I ever get desperate and cannot find any safe foods, I can just eat Kibble, probably a lot safer then a lot of the people choices out there" At first we thought it was pretty funny, but then we started to think about it, and to our shock, she probably would be better off eating dogfood over what most humans are being fed.
Of course this started a google search for various foods online what the ingredients were. We found some surprises. We were pretty horrified in general that when we compared a number of human foods to dog foods, we could not pronoun most of the chemical ingredients in the "human" food, where with the dog food for the most part we found far fewer chemicals and corn.
Guess Abby is right- if she ever was desperate she would be better off with the kibble then a lot of other choices. The only thing wrong with the kibble for her is the fortified vitamins, those are corn derived and she reacts to those.
I copied 5 sets of ingredients below- which one would you eat if you had no other choice? Read through the ingredients and pick the one you think is safest. (answers at the bottom)
1)Textured vegetable protein (soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, wheat gluten, water for hydration), water, enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), bleached wheat flour, corn oil, cornstarch, contains 2 percent or less of wheat starch, salt, methylcellulose, modified corn starch, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, potassium chloride, natural and artificial flavors from non-meat sources, sugar, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, soybean oil, hydrolyzed soy protein, onion, paprika, dried yeast, inulin from chicory root, caramel color, tapioca dextrin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, spices, yellow corn flour, paprika extract for color, annatto extract for color, baking soda, garlic, tomato powder, celery extract, wheat fiber, lactic acid, safflower oil, barley extract, citric acid, niacinamide, egg whites, nonfat dry milk, succinc acid, disodium guanylate, iron, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloridae, riboflavin, vitamin B12
2)Chicken stock, potatoes (with sodium acid pyrophosphate to protect color), carrots, peas, heavy cream, modified food starch, contains 2 percent or less of wheat flour, salt, chicken fat, dried dairy blend (whey, calcium caseinate), butter (cream, salt), natural chicken flavor with other natural flavors (salt, natural flavoring, maltodextrin, whey powder, nonfat dry milk, chicken fat, ascorbic acid, sesame oil, chicken broth powder), monosodium glutamate, liquid margarine (vegetable oil blend [liquid soybean, hydrogenated cottonseed, hydrogenated soybean], water, vegetable mono and diglycerides, beta carotene), roasted garlic juice flavor (garlic juice, salt, natural flavors), gelatin, chicken pot pie flavor (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat gluten protein, salt, vegetable stock [carrot, onion, celery], maltodextrin, flavors, dextrose, chicken broth), sugar, mono and diglycerides, spice, seasoning (soybean oil, oleoresin turmeric, spice extractives), parsley, citric acid, caramel color, yellow 5, enriched flour bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), hydrogenated palm kernel oil, water, nonfat milk, maltodextrin, salt, dextrose, sugar, whey, natural flavor, butter, citric acid, dough conditioner, l-cysteine hydrochloride, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (preservatives), colored with yellow 5 & red 40. Fresh chicken marinated with: salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, natural flavorings, citric acid, maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup solids, with not more than 2 percent calcium silicate added as an anti caking agent OR Fresh chicken marinated with: Salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, modified corn starch, spice extractives, citric acid, and 2 percent calcium silicate added as anticaking agent OR Fresh chicken marinated with: Salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, sodium chloride and anticaking agent (tricalcium phosphate), nonfat milk, egg whites, Colonel's Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt, Breaded with: Wheat flour, sodium chloride and anti-caking agent (tricalcium phosphate), nonfat milk, egg whites, Colonel's Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, natural flavorings, citric acid, maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup solids, with not more than 2 percent calcium silicate added as an anticaking agent OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, modified corn starch, spice extractives, citric acid, and 2 percent calcium silicate added as anticaking agent OR seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, garlic powder, spice extractives, onion powder), soy protein concentrate, rice starch and sodium phosphates. Battered with: Water, wheat flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, dextrose, monosodium glutamate, spice and onion powder. Predusted with: Wheat flour, wheat gluten, salt, dried egg whites, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), monosodium glutamate, spice and onion powder. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, soy flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), monosodium glutamate, spice, nonfat dry milk, onion powder, dextrose, extractives of turmeric and extractives of annatto. Breading set in vegetable oil
3)Seasoned Cooked Chicken Meat (Cooked Chicken Dark and White Meat, Water, Sodium Lactate, Salt, Isolated Soy Protein, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Retain Freshness), Tomatoes (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of Textured Soy Protein Concentrate, Molasses, Salt, Modified Cornstarch, Wheat Gluten, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice and Coloring, Cultured Dextrose, Onion Powder, Sodium Diacetate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Natural Flavor, Tamarind (Corn Syrup, Prune Juice Concentrate, Extractives of Tamarind, Water, Tartaric Acid, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Molasses), Soy Lecithin, Yeast Extract, Preserved with Propionic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Erythorbic Acid and Nisin Preparation.
4)Chicken Meal,Peas,Green Lentils,Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E),Pea Fiber,Sunflower Oil,Natural Flavors,Salt,Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate),Vitamin E Supplement
Vitamins (Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid)
5)Corn Syrup Solids (52%), Refined Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and/or Coconut Oil (8%), Canola Oil (8%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (8%)), L-Arginine (2.4%), L-Glutamine (2.3%), L-Lysine L-Aspartate (2%), and less than 2% of each of the following: Tripotassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate Dibasic, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, Silicon Dioxide, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, N-Acetyl-L-Methionine, L-Threonine, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Chloride, L-Histidine, L-Serine, L-Alanine, Magnesium Acetate, Calcium Phosphate Tribasic, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides, M-Inositol, L-Ascorbic Acid, L-Cystine, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phylloquinone, D-Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.
1) Vegan Chicken Nuggets 2)Famous Chain Chicken Pot Pie 3)LLoyd's Shredded Chicken with BBQ Sauce 4)California Natural grain-free Chicken Meal Formula 5)Neocate Jr Unflavored(flavored has a lot more ingredients)