American Journey Dog Food Ingredients

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American Journey manufactures roughly 60 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore American Journey ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that American Journey uses roughly 134 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For American Journey, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. sweet potato
  4. pea
  5. pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in American Journey is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by sweet potato, pea, and pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

American Journey does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 60 American Journey dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, American Journey does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including American Journey have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 134 American Journey ingredients. According to our data, American Journey does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 6 controversial ingredients inside American Journey products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried tomato pomace
3 Recipes

Dried tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain dried tomato pomace:

powdered cellulose
4 Recipes
pea protein
21 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
10 Recipes
tomato pomace
6 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the American Journey ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

American Journey Dog Food Ingredient Lists

American Journey All Life Stages Beef & Brown Rice Recipe

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American Journey All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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American Journey All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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American Journey All Life Stages Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe

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American Journey All Life Stages Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe

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American Journey All Life Stages Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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American Journey Dry Adult Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Healthy Weight

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American Journey Dry Puppy Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Puppies

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American Journey Dry Senior Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Senior Dogs

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs (Healthy Weight)

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American Journey Grain Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain Free Dry Food Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Dry Food Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Venison & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Landmark Delta Blend With Rainbow Trout & Herring

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American Journey Landmark Plateau Blend With Angus Beef & Pork

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American Journey Landmark Trailhead Blend With Cage-Free Chicken & Turkey For Puppies

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American Journey Grain-Free Canned Dog Food Beef & Vegetable Stew In Gravy

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American Journey Grain-Free Canned Dog Food Chicken & Vegetable Stew In Gravy

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe (Canned)

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe (Canned)

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American Journey Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe (Canned)

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American Journey Grain-Free Premium Loaf Beef & Chicken Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Premium Loaf Chicken & Turkey Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Jerky Made With Real Beef

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American Journey Grain-Free Jerky Made With Real Chicken

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American Journey Grain-Free Jerky Made With Real Turkey

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American Journey Grain-Free Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Oven Baked Lamb Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Oven Baked Salmon Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Oven Baked Turkey Recipe

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American Journey Grain-Free Oven Baked With Peanut Butter

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American Journey High-Protein Biscuits Grain-Free Beef Recipe

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American Journey High-Protein Biscuits Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

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American Journey High-Protein Biscuits Grain-Free Lamb Recipe

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American Journey High-Protein Biscuits Grain-Free Salmon Recipe

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American Journey Limited Ingredient Treats Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Limited Ingredient Treats Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Limited Ingredient Treats Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Limited Ingredient Treats Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe

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American Journey Snacking Sticks Grain-Free Beef Recipe

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American Journey Snacking Sticks Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

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American Journey Snacking Sticks Grain-Free Lamb Recipe

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American Journey Soft Baked Dog Treats Grain-Free Beef Recipe

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American Journey Soft Baked Dog Treats Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

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American Journey Soft Baked Dog Treats Grain-Free Turkey Recipe

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American Journey Training Bits Grain-Free Beef Recipe

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American Journey Training Bits Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

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American Journey Training Bits Grain-Free Salmon Recipe

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