WholeHearted Dog Food Ingredients

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WholeHearted manufactures roughly 66 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that WholeHearted uses roughly 190 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 WholeHearted, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken broth
  3. lentil
  4. chickpea
  5. salt

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in WholeHearted is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by lentil, chickpea, and salt.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

WholeHearted does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 66 WholeHearted 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, WholeHearted 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 WholeHearted 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 animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 2 anonymous meat ingredients used by WholeHearted.

fish
1 Recipes

Fish is typically an excellent protein and fat source. However, the specific type of fish is not mentioned and therefore we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as mackerel, cod, salmon, etc.

The following recipes contain fish:

ocean fish
1 Recipes

Ocean fish can refer to multiple species of fish, since the particular type of fish is not specified, it's difficult to discuss this ingredient. The nutritional contribution of ocean fish depends on the species included; however, fish generally provides high quality protein and fat.

The following recipes contain ocean fish:

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 8 controversial ingredients inside WholeHearted products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried tomato pomace
1 Recipes

Dried 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 dried tomato pomace:

powdered cellulose
1 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

pea protein
20 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
4 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:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
12 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):

canola oil
3 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:

beet pulp
1 Recipes

Beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.</p><p>We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

The following recipes contain beet pulp:

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

WholeHearted Dog Food Ingredient Lists

WholeHearted Dry Dog Food Beef & Brown Rice Recipe

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WholeHearted Dry Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Beef & Pea Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Beef & Pea Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken & Pea Recipe

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

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken & Pea Recipe For Puppies

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe For Senior Dogs 7+

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Duck & Lentil Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Lamb & Lentil Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Dry Dog Food Salmon & Pea Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Beef & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Beef & Pea Recipe For Puppies

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Chicken & Pea Recipe For Adult Dogs

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Salmon & Pea Recipe

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Easy Digestion Potato & Egg Product Recipe

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Skin & Coat Care Pea & Salmon Recipe

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Weight Control Lamb Meal & Pea Recipe

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WholeHearted Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe For Dogs

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WholeHearted Limited Ingredient Lamb Recipe For Dogs

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WholeHearted Limited Ingredient Salmon Recipe For Dogs

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WholeHearted Limited Ingredient Salmon Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Beef & Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Chicken & Duck Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Chicken & Salmon Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Chicken & Whitefish Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Small Breed Lamb & Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Beef & Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Beef & Vegetables Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Duck Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Fish Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Salmon Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Vegetables Recipe For Puppies

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken & Whitefish Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Lamb & Carrot Recipe

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Lamb & Chicken Dinner Minced In Gravy

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WholeHearted Grain Free Wet Dog Food Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Easy Digestion Boiled Chicken Dinner In Broth

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Easy Digestion Chicken Recipe

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WholeHearted Healthy Benefits Skin & Coat Care Turkey Recipe

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WholeHearted Meal Toppers Grain Free Beef Recipe In Gravy

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WholeHearted Meal Toppers Grain Free Chicken Recipe In Gravy

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WholeHearted Meal Toppers Grain Free Lamb Recipe In Gravy

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WholeHearted Meal Toppers Grain Free Pumpkin Soup Puree

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WholeHearted Meal Toppers Grain Free Whitefish Recipe In Gravy

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WholeHearted Crunchy Treats Grain Free Bacon & Cheese Flavor

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WholeHearted Crunchy Treats Grain Free Blueberry & Yogurt Flavor

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WholeHearted Crunchy Treats Grain Free Peanut Butter Flavor

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WholeHearted Crunchy Treats Grain Free Pumpkin & Cinnamon Flavor

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Beef Recipe

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Chicken Recipe

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Chicken Recipe For Hip & Joint Support

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Chicken Recipe For Skin & Coat Support

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Duck Recipe

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Lamb Recipe

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WholeHearted Jerky Treats Salmon Recipe For Skin & Coat Support

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Stick Treats Bacon Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Stick Treats Beef Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Stick Treats Chicken Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Training Treats Beef Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Training Treats Chicken Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Training Treats Peanut Butter Recipe

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WholeHearted Soft & Chewy Training Treats Salmon Recipe

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