Under The Sun Dog Food Ingredients

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Under The Sun manufactures roughly 15 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Under The Sun uses roughly 107 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 Under The Sun, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. chicken
  3. green pea
  4. yellow pea
  5. chicken fat

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Under The Sun is chicken meal. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by green pea, yellow pea, and chicken fat.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Under The Sun does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 15 Under The Sun 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, Under The Sun 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 Under The Sun 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 107 Under The Sun ingredients. According to our data, Under The Sun 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 2 controversial ingredients inside Under The Sun products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
1 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
2 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:

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

Under The Sun Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Under The Sun Grain Free Adult Dog Food Made With Real Chicken

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Under The Sun Grain Free Adult Dog Food Made With Real Whitefish

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Under The Sun Grain Free Large Breed Adult Made With Real Chicken

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Under The Sun Grain Free Puppy Food Made With Real Chicken

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Under The Sun Grain Free Small Breed Adult Made With Real Chicken

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Under The Sun Original Adult Dog Food Made With Real Chicken

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate Duck Formula

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate Lamb Formula

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate Salmon Formula

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Under The Sun Grain Free Morsels With Lamb and Carrots In Gravy

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Under The Sun Grain Free Morsels With Turkey & Green Beans In Gravy

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate With Chicken & Peas

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate With Salmon & Shrimp

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Under The Sun Grain Free Pate Chicken Formula For Puppies

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