Chicken Soup For The Soul Dog Food Ingredients

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Chicken Soup For The Soul 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Chicken Soup For The Soul uses roughly 128 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. turkey
  3. chicken meal
  4. turkey meal
  5. cracked pearled barley

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Chicken Soup For The Soul is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is turkey, followed by chicken meal, turkey meal, and cracked pearled barley.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Chicken Soup For The Soul does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 24 Chicken Soup For The Soul 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, Chicken Soup For The Soul 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul 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 animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Chicken Soup For The Soul.

poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
3 Recipes

Poultry fat is a by-product of poultry tissue rendering. Poultry fat is a controversial ingredient because the specific protein is not specified. Such ingredients are typically low-quality in comparison to named poultry fats (e.g. chicken fat, turkey fat).

The following recipes contain poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

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 7 controversial ingredients inside Chicken Soup For The Soul 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:

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:

caramel color
3 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
3 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):

poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
3 Recipes

Poultry fat is a by-product of poultry tissue rendering. Poultry fat is a controversial ingredient because the specific protein is not specified. Such ingredients are typically low-quality in comparison to named poultry fats (e.g. chicken fat, turkey fat).

The following recipes contain poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

tomato pomace
4 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Chicken Soup For The Soul Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe Small Bites For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Mature Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Puppies

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Brown Rice, Chicken & Turkey Recipe Weight Care For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Beef & Legumes Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken, Pea & Sweet Potato Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Lamb & Pea Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Salmon, Pea & Sweet Potato Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Beef & Legumes Recipe Stew For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken Recipe Stew For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Lamb & Pea Recipe Pate For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Turkey Recipe Stew For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Duck Recipe Pate For Adult Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Duck Recipe Pate For Mature Dogs

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Turkey & Duck Recipe Pate For Puppies

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Crunchy Bites Made With Real Bacon & Cheese

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Crunchy Bites Made With Real Chicken

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Crunchy Bites Made With Real Peanut Butter

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Savory Snacks Made With Real Beef

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Savory Snacks Made With Real Chicken

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Savory Snacks Made With Real Lamb

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