Evolve Dog Food Ingredients

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Evolve manufactures roughly 29 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Evolve uses roughly 186 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 Evolve, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. sweet potato
  4. sweet potato
  5. chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Evolve is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by sweet potato, sweet potato, and chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols).

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Evolve does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 29 Evolve 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, Evolve 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 Evolve 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 Evolve.

fish meal
1 Recipes

Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The following recipes contain fish meal:

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 3 controversial ingredients inside Evolve products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
2 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
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:

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

Evolve Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Evolve Classic Dry Food Deboned Beef, Barley & Bison Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Dry Food Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Dry Food Deboned Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Deboned Duck, Sweet Potato & Venison Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Grain-Free Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Deboned Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Grain-Free Deboned Chicken, Sweet Potato & Berry Recipe For Puppies

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Evolve Grain-Free Deboned Chicken, Sweet Potato & Berry Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Evolve Small Batch Baked Oven Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potato & Apple Recipe

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Evolve Small Batch Baked Oven Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe

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Evolve Classic Canned Chicken & Rice Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Canned Lamb & Rice Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Canned Turkey & Rice Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Crafted Meals Chicken Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Crafted Meals Turkey Recipe For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Crafted Meals With Salmon For Dogs

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Evolve Classic Crafted Meals With Venison For Dogs

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Evolve Grain-Free Jerky Bites Deboned Duck, Sweet Potato & Blueberry Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Jerky Bites Deboned Lamb and Butternut Squash Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Jerky Bites Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Jerky Bites Deboned Turkey, Sweet Potato & Berry Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits Deboned Chicken, Sweet Potato & Blueberry Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits Deboned Turkey, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe

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Evolve Grain-Free Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits Made With Real Peanut Butter

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Evolve Classic Meatball Bites Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Evolve Classic Meatball Bites Chicken, Cheese & Fruit Recipe

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Evolve Classic Gourmet Wafers With Chicken & Cranberry

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Evolve Classic Gourmet Wafers With Lamb & Blueberry

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