NutriSource Dog Food Ingredients
NutriSource manufactures roughly 50 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.
In this article, we'll explore NutriSource ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.
As of right now, our records indicate that NutriSource uses roughly 147 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 NutriSource, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.
- brown rice
As you can see, the most common first ingredient in NutriSource is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is pea, followed by brown rice, barley, and chickpea.
Artificial Food Coloring Dyes
NutriSource does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 50 NutriSource 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.
According to our records, NutriSource 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 NutriSource 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 NutriSource.
Ocean fish can refer to multiple species of fish, since the particular type of fish is not specified, it's difficult to discuss this ingredient. The nutritional contribution of ocean fish depends on the species included; however, fish generally provides high quality protein and fat.
The following recipes contain ocean fish:
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 4 controversial ingredients inside NutriSource products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.
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:
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Heartland Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Seafood Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Chicken & Pea Formula
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Lamb Meal & Peas Formula
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Large Breed Chicken & Pea Formula
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Large Breed Lamb Meal & Peas Formula
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites Chicken & Pea Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Small & Medium Breed Puppy
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Weight Management - Chicken & Chicken Meal Formula
- NutriSource Grain Free Biscuits Chicken
- NutriSource Grain Free Biscuits Whitefish
- NutriSource Grain Free Biscuits Liver
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food High Plains Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Woodlands Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Breed Seafood Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small & Medium Breed Puppy
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Large Breed Puppy
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Weight Management
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites High Plains Select
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites Woodlands Select
White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.
The following recipes contain white rice:
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Adult - Chicken & Rice Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Large Breed Adult - Chicken & Rice Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Large Breed Adult - Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Small & Medium Breed Puppy
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Large Breed Puppy
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Senior - Chicken & Rice Formula
- NutriSource Dry Dog Food Super Performance
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 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:
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 NutriSource ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.