Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits Savory Beef Flavor Review

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Review of Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits
Savory Beef Flavor

This product is manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands.

According to our data, this Kibbles 'n Bits recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits Savory Beef Flavor is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits Savory Beef Flavor with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is corn. Corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.

Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.

Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.

In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.

Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The second ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal contains more than 50% protein. Therefore, soybean can significantly boost the protein content of the product. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.

The third ingredient is beef and bone meal. Beef and bone meal is produced by cooking beef tissues and beef bone using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of beef and thereby results in a highly condensed protein, calcium and phosphorus source.

The fourth ingredient is ground wheat. Ground wheat is regarded as an inexpensive and low-quality filler in pet food. However, wheat does provide plant-based protein and makes pet food more affordable for consumers. It's important to note that plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The fifth ingredient is animal fat (preserved with BHA). Animal fat is a by-product of tissue rendering. The source animal is not specific and therefore we cannot be certain that the source does not include diseased animals or even euthanized dogs and cats. What's more, this ingredient is preserved with BHA, an artificial preservative and possible carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits Savory Beef Flavor are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Kibbles 'n Bits recipe.

Next we have corn syrup. Corn syrup is made from corn starch and it's typically used as a thickener, sweetener, and humectant (keeps the product moist). It's considered controversial because it can raise a dog's blood sugar to unhealthy levels. Of course this concern may be nullified if the syrup is used in very small quantities.

The next ingredient is wheat middlings. Wheat middlings are defined by AAFCO as "­coarse wheat bran, fine particles of wheat bran, wheat shorts, wheat germ, wheat flour and the offal from the tail of the mill."

Wheat middlings are marked controversial because many experts and pet owners believe wheat middlings are low quality by-products which do not provide any notable nutritional benefits.

Then we have beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.

Moving on, we have water sufficient for processing. Water of course only provides moisture, a necessary component of wet products.

Moving on with this review, we have animal digest. Animal digest is the result of undecomposed animal tissue after hydrolysis, a chemical reaction. It is typically used as flavoring to improve taste. Animal digest is considered by many as an undesirable low-quality ingredient. What's more, the source animal is not specified and therefore animal digest can contain almost any animal, including dogs and cats!

The next ingredient in this review is propylene glycol. Proplyene glycol is an artificial preservative which has been banned by the FDA for use in cat food. Unfortunately, proplyene gycol is approved for use in dog food. Studies have linked proplyene glycol to heinz body anemia, a blood disorder.

Our next ingredient is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.

The remaining ingredients in this Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, this product contains artificial colors, artificial preservatives, and anonymous meat ingredients. These type of ingredients are typically undesirable in any pet food. We'll discuss each category to clarify our position.

Many artificial preservatives contribute to adverse health affects and therefore we prefer products preserved naturally. However, artificial preservatives used in very small quantities do not necessarily imply the product is unhealthy or low quality.

Studies have show that many artificial preservatives are typically safe in small quantities. However, our pets typically consume the same product for multiple years and this type of exposure is not necessarily well researched.

In regards to the anonymous meat ingredients, These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been mentioned earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.

Finally, in regards to the artificial colors, although the FDA has approved the artificial colors used in this product, they are unnecessary and unhealthy additions. Long term exposure can have serious consequences. See our article on artificial food dyes for more information.

The official PawDiet rating for Kibbles 'n Bits Beefy Bits Savory Beef Flavor is 1.0 out of 5.