The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Ingredients

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The Honest Kitchen manufactures roughly 36 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore The Honest Kitchen ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that The Honest Kitchen uses roughly 96 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 The Honest Kitchen, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. dehydrated beef
  2. chicken
  3. dehydrated potato
  4. dehydrated organic flaxseed
  5. organic virgin coconut oil

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in The Honest Kitchen is dehydrated beef. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by dehydrated potato, dehydrated organic flaxseed, and organic virgin coconut oil.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

The Honest Kitchen does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 36 The Honest Kitchen 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, The Honest Kitchen 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 The Honest Kitchen 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 96 The Honest Kitchen ingredients. According to our data, The Honest Kitchen 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 1 controversial ingredient inside The Honest Kitchen products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dehydrated garlic
4 Recipes

Dehydrated garlic 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 dehydrated garlic:

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

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Ingredient Lists

The Honest Kitchen Brave (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Fish Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Embark Grain Free Turkey Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Force Grain Free Chicken Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Hope (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Beef Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Keen Whole Grain Turkey Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Love Grain Free Beef Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Marvel (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Turkey Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Revel Whole Grain Chicken Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Spruce (Minimalist) Grain Free Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Thrive (Minimalist) Limited Ingredient Chicken Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Verve Whole Grain Beef Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Zeal (Epicurean) Grain Free Fish Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Kindly Grain Free Veggie, Nut & Seed Base Mix

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The Honest Kitchen Preference Grain Free Fruit & Veggie Base Mix

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The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Beef Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Chicken Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Fish Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers Pure & Tasty Meal Booster Turkey Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth Pour Overs Beef Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth Pour Overs Chicken Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth Pour Overs Turkey & Salmon Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs Chicken & Pumpkin Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs Salmon & Pumpkin Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs Turkey & Pumpkin Stew

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The Honest Kitchen Superfood Pour Overs Chicken Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli

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The Honest Kitchen Superfood Pour Overs Lamb & Beef Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli

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The Honest Kitchen Superfood Pour Overs Turkey Stew With Spinach, Kale & Broccoli

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The Honest Kitchen Beams Ocean Chews Cod Fish Skins

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The Honest Kitchen Beams Ocean Chews Wolffish Skins

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The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Grain-Free Beef Filets

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The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Grain-Free Chicken Filets

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The Honest Kitchen Nuzzles Bite-Size Cookies Duck & Cherry Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Training Treats Pecks Bite-Size Cookies Beef & Blueberry Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Smooches Bite-Size Cookies Chicken & Cranberry Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Training Treats Cuddles Bite-Size Cookies Fish & Pumpkin Recipe

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The Honest Kitchen Functional Treats Blue & Green Nice Mussels

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