Blackwood Dog Food Ingredients

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Blackwood manufactures roughly 24 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Blackwood uses roughly 133 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 Blackwood, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. brown rice
  3. millet
  4. pumpkin
  5. ground grain sorghum

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Blackwood is chicken meal. The most common 2nd ingredient is brown rice, followed by millet, pumpkin, and ground grain sorghum.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Blackwood does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 24 Blackwood 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, Blackwood 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 Blackwood 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 133 Blackwood ingredients. According to our data, Blackwood 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 5 controversial ingredients inside Blackwood products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried tomato pomace
7 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:

ground corn
2 Recipes

Ground corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.</p><p>Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.</p><p>Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.</p><p>In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.</p><p>Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The following recipes contain ground corn:

pea protein
1 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)
5 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

tomato pomace
2 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 Blackwood ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Blackwood Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Blackwood 1000 All Life Stages Everyday Diet - Chicken Meal With Oats Recipe

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Blackwood 2000 All Life Stages Active Diet - Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood 3000 All Life Stages Everyday Diet - Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood 5000 All Life Stages Special Diet - Catfish Meal & Pearled Barley

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Blackwood Adult Dog Everyday Diet - Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Large Breed - Whitefish Meal & Oatmeal Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Lean/Senior - Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood All Life Stages Special Diet - Buffalo Meal & Field Pea Recipe

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Blackwood All Life Stages Special Diet - Chicken Meal & Field Pea Recipe

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Blackwood All Life Stages Special Diet - Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood All Life Stages Special Diet - Salmon Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood All Life Stages Special Diet - Salmon Meal & Field Pea Recipe

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Blackwood Puppy Food Growth Diet - Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Food Chicken & Chicken Liver With Pumpkin Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Food Chicken & Salmon With Pumpkin Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Food Lamb & Lamb Liver With Pumpkin Recipe

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Blackwood Adult Dog Food Turkey & Turkey Liver With Pumpkin Recipe

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Blackwood Dog Treats Bacon With Peanut Butter

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Blackwood Dog Treats Beef Liver With Salmon

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Blackwood Dog Treats Catfish, Chickpea & Kale

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Blackwood Dog Treats Chicken Breast, Blueberry & Pumpkin

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Blackwood Dog Treats Chicken With Parmesan

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Blackwood Dog Treats Duck, Chickpea & Sweet Potato

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Blackwood Dog Treats Duck With Apple

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