Natural Balance Dog Food Ingredients

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Natural Balance manufactures roughly 93 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Natural Balance uses roughly 177 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 Natural Balance, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. sweet potato
  4. brewers rice
  5. canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Natural Balance is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by sweet potato, brewers rice, and canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols).

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Natural Balance does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 93 Natural Balance 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, Natural Balance 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 Natural Balance 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 Natural Balance.

fish meal
3 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 5 controversial ingredients inside Natural Balance products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

feeding oatmeal
2 Recipes

According to AAFCO, feeding oatmeal "is obtained in the manufacture of rolled oat groats or rolled oats". It contains "broken oat groats, oat groat chips, and floury portions of the oat groats." In other words, feeding oatmeal is an inexpensive by-products of rolled oat processing.

The following recipes contain feeding oatmeal:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
41 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):

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.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting Natural Balance for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 2 harmful ingredients used in certain Natural Balance recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfate complex
1 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfate complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K that has been linked to many health concerns. Research has suggested possible toxic reactions in liver cells and red blood cells among other serious problems. In fact, one large chemical supplier warns, "The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage."

The following recipes contain menadione sodium bisulfate complex:

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
3 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfite complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K that has been linked to many health concerns. Research has suggested possible toxic reactions in liver cells and red blood cells among other serious problems. In fact, one large chemical supplier warns, "The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage."

The following recipes contain menadione sodium bisulfite complex:

Natural Balance Dog Food Ingredient Lists

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Natural Balance Dental Chews Fresh & Clean Formula - Mini

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Natural Balance Dental Chews Fresh & Clean Formula - Small

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Natural Balance Dental Chews L.I.T. Sweet Potato & Chicken Meal Formula - Small

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Chicken & Brown Rice Formula (Small Breed Bites)

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Duck & Brown Rice Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Lamb & Brown Rice Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Lamb & Brown Rice Formula (Large Breed Bites)

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Lamb & Brown Rice Formula (Small Breed Bites)

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Duck & Potato Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Duck & Potato Formula (Small Breed Bites)

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Salmon & Brown Rice Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Salmon & Brown Rice Formula For Puppies

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Bison Formula

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Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Chicken Formula

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Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Chicken Formula Large Breed Bites

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Natural Balance Original Ultra Grain Free Chicken Formula Small Breed Bites

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Duck & Potato Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Jumpin' Stix - Venison & Sweet Potato Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Mini Jumpin' Stix - Duck & Potato Formula

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Bison Formula Treats - Small Breed

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Venison Formula Treats - Small Breed

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