Taste of the Wild Dog Food Ingredients

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Taste of the Wild manufactures roughly 21 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Taste of the Wild uses roughly 122 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 Taste of the Wild, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. beef
  2. lamb meal
  3. chicken meal
  4. sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
  5. millet

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Taste of the Wild is beef. The most common 2nd ingredient is lamb meal, followed by chicken meal, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), and millet.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Taste of the Wild does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 21 Taste of the Wild 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, Taste of the Wild 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 Taste of the Wild 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 122 Taste of the Wild ingredients. According to our data, Taste of the Wild 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 Taste of the Wild products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
5 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:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
8 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):

tomato pomace
15 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:

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

Taste of the Wild Dog Food Ingredient Lists

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Ancient Grains
Ancient Mountain Canine Recipe With Roasted Lamb
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Ancient Grains Ancient Mountain Canine Recipe With Roasted Lamb
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
grain sorghum
millet
cracked pearled barley

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Limited Ingredient PREY
Angus Beef Recipe For Dogs
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Limited Ingredient PREY Angus Beef Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
lentil
tomato pomace
sunflower oil
natural flavor

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Limited Ingredient PREY
Trout Recipe For Dogs
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Limited Ingredient PREY Trout Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
trout
lentil
tomato pomace
sunflower oil
natural flavor

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Limited Ingredient PREY
Turkey Recipe For Dogs
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Limited Ingredient PREY Turkey Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
lentil
tomato pomace
sunflower oil
natural flavor

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Ancient Grains
Ancient Wetlands Canine Recipe With Roasted Fowl
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Ancient Grains Ancient Wetlands Canine Recipe With Roasted Fowl
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck meal
chicken meal
grain sorghum
millet

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Ancient Grains
Ancient Prairie Canine Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
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Ancient Grains Ancient Prairie Canine Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
First Five Ingredients
water buffalo
pork
chicken meal
grain sorghum
millet

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Ancient Grains
Ancient Stream Canine Recipe With Smoked Salmon
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Ancient Grains Ancient Stream Canine Recipe With Smoked Salmon
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
ocean fish meal
grain sorghum
millet

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Pacific Stream
Puppy Recipe With Smoked Salmon
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Pacific Stream Puppy Recipe With Smoked Salmon
First Five Ingredients
salmon
ocean fish meal
sweet potato
pea
potato

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Appalachian Valley
Small Breed Canine Recipe With Venison & Garbanzo Beans
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Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Recipe With Venison & Garbanzo Beans
First Five Ingredients
venison
lamb meal
garbanzo bean
pea
lentil

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High Prairie
Canine Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
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High Prairie Canine Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
First Five Ingredients
water buffalo
lamb meal
chicken meal
sweet potato
pea

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High Prairie
Puppy Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
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High Prairie Puppy Recipe With Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
First Five Ingredients
water buffalo
lamb meal
sweet potato
egg product
pea protein

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Wetlands
Canine Recipe With Roasted Fowl
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Wetlands Canine Recipe With Roasted Fowl
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck meal
chicken meal
sweet potato
pea

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Pacific Stream
Canine Recipe With Smoked Salmon
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Pacific Stream Canine Recipe With Smoked Salmon
First Five Ingredients
salmon
ocean fish meal
sweet potato
potato
pea

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Sierra Mountain
Canine Recipe With Roasted Lamb
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Sierra Mountain Canine Recipe With Roasted Lamb
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
sweet potato
egg product
lentil

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Pine Forest
Canine Recipe With Venison & Legumes
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Pine Forest Canine Recipe With Venison & Legumes
First Five Ingredients
venison
lamb meal
garbanzo bean
pea
lentil

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Southwest Canyon
Canine Recipe With Wild Boar
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Southwest Canyon Canine Recipe With Wild Boar
First Five Ingredients
beef
pea
garbanzo bean
lamb meal
canola oil

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Pacific Stream
Canine Recipe With Salmon in Gravy
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Pacific Stream Canine Recipe With Salmon in Gravy
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
fish broth
turkey broth
water sufficient for processing
turkey

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High Prairie
Canine Recipe With Bison In Gravy
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High Prairie Canine Recipe With Bison In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
lamb broth
beef broth
vegetable broth
lamb liver

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Southwest Canyon
Canine Recipe With Beef In Gravy
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Southwest Canyon Canine Recipe With Beef In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
lamb broth
vegetable broth
beef liver

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Sierra Mountain
Canine Recipe With Lamb In Gravy
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Sierra Mountain Canine Recipe With Lamb In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
beef broth
vegetable broth
lamb liver

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Wetlands
Canine Recipe With Fowl In Gravy
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Wetlands Canine Recipe With Fowl In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck broth
chicken broth
fish broth
chicken liver