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|Beneful certainly isn't the best. Neither is Nutro, but Nutro is still better than Beneful. I feed Nutro and have had wonderful success with it, but some dogs don't do all that well on it. Here are the ingredients in Beneful Original as found on their website (http://www.beneful.com/products/original.aspx)
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
First off, there is lots of corn, which isn't always a good choice of filler. The second ingredient is chicken by-product meal. That basically means the ground up bits of chicken carcass that would normally be thrown in the garbage. Anything that lists a "by-product" is garbage in my books. Remember, that when reading ingredients lists, the ingredients are listed in order of highest mass in which they are found in the food. So the first ingredient will be of greatest abundance, the second ingredient will be the second highest abundance, etc. So corn and chicken by-product meal are not the best choices for highest inclusion rate.
I have been feeding Nutro Ultra for the past few years and Gio has done really well on it. The first few ingredients listed on the bag are: chicken meal, whole brown rice, ground rice, and lamb meal. So already right there I would consider Nutro Ultra a better food than Beneful. The first ingredient in Nutro is at least a meat source. It has no corn and no by-products. Nutro is definately not the highest quality food out there, but it isn't as bad as some other options.
I have heard word though that Nutro was recently sold out to a larger company. I'm going to keep an eye on the ingredients list and may be considering a switch if I see things start to go down hill in the near future.
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