teaching old companies about real food..


cici recently sampled Purina’s One Beyond dog food. She is a champion chow hound and ate it right up. This morning, she has a tummy upset due to gobbling down a bone too fast, I think.

if the public relations is not just a green washing gimmick to gain new customers who insist upon feeding their dogs real food, I applaud Purina for offering this alternative to the other stuff that they sell. What would be really kind is if they got rid of the garbage and were committed to feeding animals real food. Too much to ask?

The ingredients listed on the bag were way too small for me to read and I could not even see how much or little to give to cici but now I am confused… on one website the One Beyond website linked below, it says that the food is crafted without corn and wheat… but nowhere can you find a list of ingredients. At another website of Purina’s, as I suspected here they are… I cannot recommend any pet food with by-products, wheat, corn or any kind of meal… no matter if you put it in a ‘sustainable’ package. cici has a sensitive tummy and cannot digest any of those, so maybe her tummy upset is due to this ‘food.’

Purina One Ingredients: Chicken (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), brown rice, oat meal, whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried beet pulp, calcium phosphate, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, soybean oil, canola oil, malted barley flour, dried sweet potatoes, dried spinach, choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.

Purina is donating to shelter pets. Last year, the Purina ONE brand donated more than 1,200,000 pounds of food to pets in shelters… that’s great but how about making real dog food, for starters?


pardon my skepticism but so many times, big companies like this appear to be something that they are not. The food’s ingredients are chicken first ingredient and some veggies and fruits along with corn, by products and wheat. To throw the crap in with the good stuff is deceptive. Unlike raw food company’s products, or organic company products, Purina One is not what it says it is.

Lately, cici has been eating either Paul Newman’s, Organix or Pinnacle, grain free foods whenever possible, and is going to be trying a couple of new organic foods that do not have any corn, wheat, soy or by products.  If small companies can serve up good, clean food so can companies like Purina.

Paul Newman ingredients: (compare)


Natural Chicken – Raised without growth hormones and antibiotics and fed only a 100% natural, all-vegetable diet, the chicken meat provides amino acids essential for muscles, hormones, enzymes, antibodies and structural and protective tissues.

Natural Chicken Meal – Defined by Association American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as being “ground or otherwise reduced in particle size”, meal serves as a concentrated source of amino acids that is low in ash (minerals), moisture and fat.

Chicken Fat – Highly palatable source of essential fatty acids.

Organic* Soy Meal – A concentrated source of low-fat, bio-available protein.  There is no evidence to indicate that dogs or cats are allergic to soy or that it causes bloat or other digestive disturbances in animals.

Organic* Brown Rice -Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains supply complex carbohydrates for sustained energy and B vitamins and beneficial fiber to maintain a healthy digestive tract and promote normal stools.  The healthful oils in rice bran contain important phytonutrients, including heart-healthy oryzanols.

Organic* Barley – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains provide vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, biotin, complex carbohydrates, tocotrienols (a potent antioxidant) and beneficial fibers.

Organic* Peas – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these legumes supply complex carbohydrates, vitamin A and c, iron and beneficial fiber to support digestive function… pets like the taste of peas.

Organic* Flax Seed Meal – A rich source of linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids as well as essential amino acids.  Flax is a good source of magnesium, phosphorous and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, thiamin and manganese.  It also contains vitamins including B group and E.  Flax is a recommended source for lignans, an important phytonutrient with powerful antioxidant properties.

Organic* Oats – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains supply B-complex vitamins, fiber and complex carbohydrates to help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Organic* Carrots – Provide vitamins A and C, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and support healthy vision, and the important phytonutrient beta-carotene.

Organic* Sorghum – A good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium and other important micronutrients, including iron. (Sorghum is an important cereal crop whereas molasses is made from sugar beet or cane).

Fresh Parsley – Serves as an intestinal calmative and aids in nutrient absorption and elimination of gastric odors leading to “doggie breath”. Good source of vitamins C and A, iron and calcium.

Kelp – A good source of essential vitamins and minerals (including iodine).

Taurine – an essential amino acid for cats that supports cardiovascular and neurological function. Now thought to be important in maintaining heart function in certain breeds of dogs, including Cocker spaniels and Golden retrievers.

*Organically certified by USDA-National Organics Program.

Here’s some more info about the best dry dog foods, although I don’t agree with all of what this says either. It is a concern that P&G has bought Evo and Innova, really good brands of dog food, although pricey.


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One response to “teaching old companies about real food..

  1. I totally agree, and another thing I don’t care for with Purina is that they formulate some of their products by the “least cost” method (or used to, at least). Rather than putting the exact item on the label they’d print “plant protein products” so they could buy whatever was on sale that week. Your animal could be getting corn, soy, wheat, who-knows-what!

    I’ve stopped buying products with mile-long labels for myself and my pets and WOW – we are all doing so much better.

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