NutriSource Dog Food Ingredients

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NutriSource manufactures roughly 44 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 144 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.

  1. chicken
  2. pea
  3. brown rice
  4. pea flour
  5. barley

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in NutriSource is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is pea, followed by brown rice, pea flour, and barley.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

NutriSource does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 44 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.

Animal By-Products

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 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 144 NutriSource ingredients. According to our data, NutriSource 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 3 controversial ingredients inside NutriSource products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

white rice
2 Recipes

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:

brewers rice
1 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:

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.

NutriSource Dog Food Ingredient Lists

NutriSource Dry Dog Food Chicken & Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Beef & Rice Recipe

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Chicken & Rice Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Performance - Chicken & Rice Recipe

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Chicken & Rice Recipe For Senior Dogs

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Small & Medium Breed Puppy (Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe)

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Super Performance - Chicken Meal, Chicken & Rice Recipe

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Trout & Rice Recipe

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NutriSource Dry Dog Food Weight Management - Chicken & Chicken Meal Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Chicken & Pea Recipe (Chicken & Chicken Meal)

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Heartland Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food High Plains Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Lamb Meal & Peas Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Chicken & Pea Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Lamb Meal & Pea Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Large Breed Puppy

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Prairie Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Seafood Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Senior Recipe - Turkey, Turkey Meal & Menhaden Fish Meal

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites High Plains Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites Woodlands Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Bites Chicken & Pea Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small Breed Seafood Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Small & Medium Breed Puppy

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Weight Management

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Woodlands Select Recipe

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Chicken Formula - Chicken & Chicken Liver Protein

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Lamb Formula

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Seafood Select

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NutriSource Wet Dog Food Chicken, Lamb & Ocean Fish Formula

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NutriSource Wet Dog Food Chicken & Rice Formula

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NutriSource Wet Dog Food Lamb & Rice Formula

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NutriSource Biscuits Chicken Flavor

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NutriSource Biscuits Liver Flavor

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NutriSource Biscuits Whitefish Flavor

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Treats Chicken Recipe (Soft & Tender Bites)

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Treats Rabbit Recipe (Soft & Tender Bites)

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NutriSource Grain Free Dog Treats Salmon Recipe (Soft & Tender Bites)

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NutriSource Soft & Tender Treats With Chicken

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NutriSource Soft & Tender Treats With Lamb

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NutriSource Soft & Tender Treats With Salmon

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