Nature's Recipe Dog Food Ingredients

Nature's Recipe Logo

Nature's Recipe manufactures roughly 30 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Nature's Recipe uses roughly 132 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 Nature's Recipe, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken broth
  3. sweet potato
  4. pea
  5. pea starch

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Nature's Recipe is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by sweet potato, pea, and pea starch.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Nature's Recipe does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 30 Nature's Recipe 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, Nature's Recipe 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 Nature's Recipe 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 Nature's Recipe.

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 13 controversial ingredients inside Nature's Recipe products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

garlic spice
1 Recipes

Garlic spice in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain garlic spice:

feeding oatmeal
1 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:

soybean protein concentrate
3 Recipes

Soybean protein concentrate is produced by removing the water soluble carbohydrates from soybeans. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The following recipes contain soybean protein concentrate:

brewers rice
9 Recipes

Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

The following recipes contain brewers rice:

pea protein
3 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:

garlic powder
1 Recipes

Garlic powder in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain garlic powder:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
16 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
1 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:

beet pulp
1 Recipes

Beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.</p><p>We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

The following recipes contain beet pulp:

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:

soybean protein isolate
1 Recipes

Soy protein isolate is a highly refined/purified form of soy bean protein. Roughly 90% of soy protein isolate is protein. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The following recipes contain soybean protein isolate:

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 Nature's Recipe for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Nature's Recipe recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

Nature's Recipe Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Nature's Recipe

Prime Blends
Grain Free Chicken, Turkey & Butternut Squash Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Prime Blends Grain Free Chicken, Turkey & Butternut Squash Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken breast
chicken meal
garbanzo bean
pea
pea protein

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Lamb, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Lamb, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
lamb
chicken meal
pea
pea starch
poultry fat

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free Puppy
Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
garbanzo bean
pea
pea starch

Nature's Recipe

Original
Chicken & Rice Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Chicken & Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
barley
oatmeal
brewers rice
poultry fat

Nature's Recipe

Original
Lamb & Rice Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Lamb & Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
barley
oatmeal
brewers rice
poultry fat

Nature's Recipe

Healthy Skin
Vegetarian Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Healthy Skin Vegetarian Recipe
First Five Ingredients
brewers rice
soybean meal
barley
canola oil
dicalcium phosphate

Nature's Recipe

Original Puppy
Lamb & Rice Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Puppy Lamb & Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
brewers rice
barley
feeding oatmeal
dried beet pulp

Nature's Recipe

Original Small Bites
Chicken & Rice Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Small Bites Chicken & Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brewers rice
barley
oatmeal
poultry fat

Nature's Recipe

Easy To Digest
Chicken Meal, Rice & Barley Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Easy To Digest Chicken Meal, Rice & Barley Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
rice
barley
oatmeal
poultry fat

Nature's Recipe

Prime Blends
Grain Free Beef, Lamb & Potato Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Prime Blends Grain Free Beef, Lamb & Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
lamb meal
pea
garbanzo bean
pea protein

Nature's Recipe

Original Mature
Lamb & Rice Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Mature Lamb & Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
ground rice
barley
oatmeal
beet pulp

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed
Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Large Breed Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
garbanzo bean
pea
pea starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free Small Breed
Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Small Breed Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
garbanzo bean
pea
pea starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Salmon, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Salmon, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
garbanzo bean
pea
menhaden meal
pea starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
garbanzo bean
pea
pea starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken & Venison Recipe Stew
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken & Venison Recipe Stew
First Five Ingredients
vegetable broth
chicken
sweet potato
green bean
tapioca starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken & Duck Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken & Duck Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
pumpkin
canola oil
duck

Nature's Recipe

Original Dog Food
Chicken Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Original Dog Food Chicken Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
carrot
brown rice
canola oil

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken & Turkey Recipe Stew
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken & Turkey Recipe Stew
First Five Ingredients
vegetable broth
chicken
sweet potato
green bean
tapioca starch

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken & Venison Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken & Venison Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sweet potato
venison
green bean

Nature's Recipe

Grain Free
Chicken Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Grain Free Chicken Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sweet potato
pumpkin
canola oil

Nature's Recipe

Prime Blends
Grain Free Chicken & Beef Recipe In Wholesome Broth
Nature's Recipe
Prime Blends Grain Free Chicken & Beef Recipe In Wholesome Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sweet potato
beef
green bean

Nature's Recipe

Prime Blends
Grain Free Chicken & Lamb Recipe In Wholesome Broth
Nature's Recipe
Prime Blends Grain Free Chicken & Lamb Recipe In Wholesome Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sweet potato
lamb
green bean

Nature's Recipe

Original Dog Food
Chicken & Turkey Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Original Dog Food Chicken & Turkey Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sweet potato
potato
barley

Nature's Recipe

Original Dog Food
Chicken & Wild Salmon Recipe In Broth
Nature's Recipe
Original Dog Food Chicken & Wild Salmon Recipe In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
pumpkin
salmon
brown rice

Nature's Recipe

Original Stew
Chicken, Rice & Barley Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Stew Chicken, Rice & Barley Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
chicken
soybean protein concentrate
chicken liver
whole ground barley

Nature's Recipe

Original Stew
Vegetarian Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Stew Vegetarian Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
carrot
pea protein
pea
soybean protein concentrate

Nature's Recipe

Original Ground
Chicken, Rice & Barley Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Ground Chicken, Rice & Barley Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
chicken
soybean meal
chicken liver
canola oil

Nature's Recipe

Original Stew
Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Stew Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
lamb
soybean protein concentrate
whole egg product
brown rice

Nature's Recipe

Original Ground
Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe
Nature's Recipe
Original Ground Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
soybean meal
lamb
lamb liver
brewers rice