Whole Earth Farms Dog Food Ingredients

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Whole Earth Farms manufactures roughly 29 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Whole Earth Farms ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Whole Earth Farms uses roughly 102 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 Whole Earth Farms, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. potato
  3. pea
  4. sweet potato
  5. pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Whole Earth Farms is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is potato, followed by pea, sweet potato, and pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Whole Earth Farms does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 29 Whole Earth Farms 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, Whole Earth Farms 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 Whole Earth Farms 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 102 Whole Earth Farms ingredients. According to our data, Whole Earth Farms 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 Whole Earth Farms 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:

caramel color
6 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

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

Whole Earth Farms Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
Healthy Weight
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe Healthy Weight
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
potato
pea
sweet potato
pea fiber

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
With Pork, Beef & Lamb For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe With Pork, Beef & Lamb For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
pork meal
potato
pea
sweet potato
pea protein

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Salmon & Whitefish For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Salmon & Whitefish For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon meal
potato
pea
chickpea
chicken meal

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Turkey & Duck For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Turkey & Duck For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey meal
potato
pea
sweet potato
chicken fat

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
Healthy Puppy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe Healthy Puppy
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
potato
pea
sweet potato
chicken fat

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
With Salmon & Whitefish For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe With Salmon & Whitefish For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon meal
potato
pea
chickpea
chicken meal

Whole Earth Farms

Adult Recipe
With High-Quality Proteins & Whole Grains
Whole Earth Farms
Adult Recipe With High-Quality Proteins & Whole Grains
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
turkey meal
brown rice
oatmeal
barley

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Chicken & Turkey For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Chicken & Turkey For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
potato
pea
chicken fat
sweet potato

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
With Chicken & Turkey
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe With Chicken & Turkey
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
potato
pea
chicken fat
sweet potato

Whole Earth Farms

Puppy Recipe
With High-Quality Proteins & Whole Grains
Whole Earth Farms
Puppy Recipe With High-Quality Proteins & Whole Grains
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brown rice
oatmeal
barley
potato

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Pork, Beef & Lamb For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Pork, Beef & Lamb For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
pork meal
dried potato
pea
sweet potato
pork fat

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Adult Recipe For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Adult Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey
chicken liver
whitefish

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Lamb Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Lamb Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
beef broth
beef
beef liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Salmon Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Salmon Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey broth
turkey
turkey liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Turkey Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Turkey Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken broth
turkey broth
pea
chicken liver

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
Beef Dinner
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe Beef Dinner
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
lamb
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
Duck Dinner
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe Duck Dinner
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
chicken
chicken liver
salmon

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
Lamb Dinner
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe Lamb Dinner
First Five Ingredients
lamb
beef broth
beef
lamb liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Beef Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Beef Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
carrot
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Chicken Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Chicken Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
carrot
chicken liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Hearty Duck Stew For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Hearty Duck Stew For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
chicken
pea
carrot

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Red Meat Recipe
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Red Meat Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
salmon
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Puppy Recipe
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Puppy Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey
chicken liver
salmon

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
Chicken Dinner
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe Chicken Dinner
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
pea
natural flavor

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe
Turkey Dinner
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Small Breed Recipe Turkey Dinner
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
chicken
turkey liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Chicken & Turkey Recipe For Dogs
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Chicken & Turkey Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey
chicken liver
pea

Whole Earth Farms

Smokehouse Links
Beef & Lamb Recipe
Whole Earth Farms
Smokehouse Links Beef & Lamb Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
potato
lamb
sweet potato
glycerin

Whole Earth Farms

Smokehouse Slices
Chicken & Turkey Recipe
Whole Earth Farms
Smokehouse Slices Chicken & Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
potato
turkey
glycerin
natural smoke flavor

Whole Earth Farms

Smokehouse Tenders
Chicken & Apple Recipe
Whole Earth Farms
Smokehouse Tenders Chicken & Apple Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
pea
glycerin
apple
brown sugar