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Beneful is the Purina equivalent of Kibbles N Bits ... its a horrible food with a great advertising pitch /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif Dogs love it because of the added sugar (which is what gives moist food that texture & is why the teeth get so bad on it) however, it offers nothing in the way of nutrition.

The ingredient list for Beneful Original is:

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, salt, phosphoric acid, animal digest, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

The first ingredient is ground yellow corn. Second is chicken by products. Third is corn gluten meal which is also used as an organic lawn fertilizer & artificially raises the protein level of the food. You THINK it contains 25% protein, but its just not useable protein to the dog, and is pooped out. Whole wheat flour is next - RED FLAG, MAJOR food allergen for most dogs. Rice flour is ok. Next is beef, ok, but also an allergen for some dogs and not beef meal, so it actually is cooked down and only a small fraction of actual meat in the food. Not a signifigant ingredient. After that you have soy flour. It should not be in dog food. Period. Another artificial protein increaser, this food is probably only about 15-18% bioavailable protein. Soy is NOT a health food for humans, even worse for dogs. Next is sugar - then sorbitol, which is actually an artificial sweetener. Neither have any place in a dog's diet. We wouldn't add a teaspoon of sugar to a dog's food, so why are we feeding foods w/ pure sugar? Ok, the next few ingredients are cheap vitamins - calcium carbonate is usually from ground up eggshell or oyster shell and is quite difficult for the dog to digest. Should not be the only source of calcium in a food, but it is in this one. A few ingredients down we have salt & animal digest. Further down is a slew of artificial dyes (yellow #5, etc).

This has to be the most processed, nutritionally void, waste of $ I have ever seen in a dog food, but Purina already has a reputattion for makeing some of the worst foods in existance (Mighty Dog, Beneful, Mainstay, Alpo).

Beneful Original sells for approximately $25 for a 35# bag. I just can't see spending my hard earned money on sugar, by products & corn /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif There are some great foods out there that are designed to be "no frills" to fit tight budgets and have very nutrient dense ingredient lists, bioavailable ingredients.

Pro Pac is about $23 for 33lbs, which is the same cost per lb. as Beneful. The quality cannot even be compared. Chicken meal is #1 ingredient. No by products, artificial colors, preservatives or any other junk. www.propacpetfood.com

When I feed kibble, I use mainly Evolve. Its moderately priced @ $31 for the 30lb bag and the best food I've ever used.

HealthWise is made by Natura (the company that makes Innova) but is a budget priced food, as is Fromm (Gold formulas), Sensible Choice, Blackwood, even Diamond Naturals is better. I know I can get obsessive with diet, but with so many health problems for Beagles being based on obesity and inappropriate diet ... maybe you can understand why I get so uptight about food /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Quote:Originally posted by threedognight:
WOW!! Am I glad this topic was brought up. No wonder my beags gobble it up and have nasty teeth! When you crunch the numbers, a 30lb bag of the good food is actually cheaper than the Beneful I WAS buying. Will a 30lb bag of the good food go bad, as it will take 3-4 weeks for mine to go through it??? Thanks for the info., I never thought Beneful was not a good food.
I checked the numbers, and the Beneful Original contains 360 kcals per cup. In plain English (lol) the kcals, or "kilocalories", will determine how much of the food the dog will eat. So, the less kcals per cup, the more food the dog has to consume not only to maintain weight, but to consume enough nutrients it needs in the course of a day. The more kcals, the better, so the dogs eats less, and the more nutrient dense a food is. Most decent brands will be 400+ kcals per cup, so they should eat less on a better food than they did on the Beneful.
I'm so glad this topic was brought up, as well /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Beneful and similar brands use very deceptive advertising, so people think they're buying this healthy food with "real beef" and veggies, when in reality its sugar in a sack with beef and dehydrated peas WAAAAY down on the ingredient list :angryfire:
On better food, you definitely spend less! I can get raw meat for the dogs as low as .69 per lb. and the Evolve I use is not very pricy either. I use so little of of that with 10 dogs (9 Beags and 1 Shepherd mix) the 40# bag lasts me 2-3 weeks :hapfac01:
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Genie:
I've had Shiloh on Beneful Healthy Weight for 2 or 3 years now, and we've had no problems.

But she does seem to like it more than other brands we've tried. And her stools are in good shape--firm, not soft.
There are so many great foods at moderate or economy prices that are void of the sugar, preservatives, and artificial dyes that Beneful contains. Dogs are basically carnivores, they need meat to thrive and for long term health. This food is not only grain based, but loaded with carbs and sugar ... I can't believe that will not have a deletrious effect on health at some point. Its a fact that cancer cells feed off sugar, that sugar depletes the immune system. Dogs require meat based fat as their main energy source and for great coat. They need protein for just about every metabolic function, and its not just "generic" protein found in plant based foods that are acceptable. They require the amino acids (the building blocks of protein) found uniquely in MEAT!

Pound for pound, Beneful and similar foods are not the cheaper alternative to higher priced "holistic" kibble. They are low in calories, yet high in sugar & carbs. They're just more convenient because we can pick them up at the local grocery store. Its McDonald's for dogs, quite literally. Not trying to be condescending at all, don't take it that way, please :rotatesmiley2: Just giving the facts. This food lacks so many essential nutrients and provides dogs with ingredients that they do not need, can not absorb because they are carnivores and need their protein from meat.

Foods such as Wellness are very good choices, but thats not for everyone's budget ... including mine. There are so many foods from Petco that are great choices that won't break the bank. I know that certain foods have too high a purchase price for many to even consider, but don't discount it just because it may be somewhat higher than Beneful. With Beneful, the purchase price you pay covers Purina's advertising costs. Its not indicative of the quality of the food in the bag. You get EXACTLY what you pay for. Every last cent. The cheap ALWAYS comes out to be expensive in the end, and JMHO, but I'd rather pay a few $ more for a better food than hundreds more at the Vet!

Ok, off my soapbox, now, I promise,lol :soapbox:
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Marley's Mommy:
I've asked before but will again. Marley is on Eukanuba puppy. how does that rate?
I was a huge supporter of Iams/Eukanuba. Fed it for about 7 years & was a member of their breeder program. The food has been steadily going downhill over the past few years, but the straw that broke the camel's back was about a year ago. My adult dogs were incontinant, rotted teeth, badly shedding coats. One of the pups I sold was kept on Euk and was incontinant for months - all urinalysis tests came up negative for infections. Problem was completely resolved when we pulled the dogs off the Euk once and for all. They raised the price of the food so that I was paying close to $50 a bag while they lowered the levels of Omega 3 in all the formulas, and protein was lowered in the performance feed. I cannot tell you how many dogs I know belonging to other breeders got sick on it in this past 12-18 months from protein in the urine to incontinance to temperament changes. I avoid it like the plague now. Not worth the price, anyway. Its now referred to as Pukanuba in this house :pukey:
 
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