Holistic Select Dog Food Ingredients

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Holistic Select manufactures roughly 19 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Holistic Select uses roughly 118 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 Holistic Select, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. chicken meal
  3. pea
  4. lentil
  5. chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

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

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Holistic Select does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 19 Holistic Select 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, Holistic Select 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 Holistic Select 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 118 Holistic Select ingredients. According to our data, Holistic Select 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 2 controversial ingredients inside Holistic Select products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

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):

canola oil
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:

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

Holistic Select Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Holistic Select Adult Health Anchovy & Sardine and Salmon Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Adult Health Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult Health Duck Meal Recipe

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Holistic Select Adult Health Lamb Meal Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult Health Deboned Turkey & Lentils Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult Health Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Adult Health Chicken Meal & Oatmeal Recipe

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Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Puppy Health Lamb Meal & Oatmeal Recipe

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Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Adult Health Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe

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Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Puppy Health Lamb & Chicken Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Adult Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Weight Management Chicken Meal & Peas Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Canned Beef Pate Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Canned Chicken Pate Recipe

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Holistic Select Grain Free Canned Lamb Pate Recipe

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