Food scores are based on ingredient quality and safety. For more information, view our evaluation criteria.
With an average score of 5.4, Addiction’s Raw Alternative air dried line is considered a moderate risk food. This food sports a high carbohydrate content, weighing in at an average of 41% as calculated. Foods that are rich in carbohydrate can increase insulin levels, increase the risk of obesity and cause unwanted changes to the gut microbiome.
Apart from the high carbohydrate content, the ingredient quality score also suffers because the food is supplemented with more than 5 vitamins and minerals, which can indicate lower quality or incomplete ingredients. Vitamin and mineral excesses, especially vitamin D and copper can often result from added vitamin premixes, so it’s preferable that most or all vitamins and minerals come from real foods. However, this food does not contain added amino acids, unlike the dry food line. This might indicate higher quality ingredients and less plant protein.
The food is air dried, which is considered moderately processed compared to canned and kibble. Minimal or no processing is preferred since heating foods causes losses in some active enzymes, amino acids and phytonutrients.
The ingredient safety scores of this line are moderately low thanks to known GMO ingredients in the top 5 ingredients, including potatoes. Oats also features in the top 5 ingredients in the Country Chicken and Apricot Dinner and is a high pesticide/herbicide food that is spray dried with Roundup. This line also loses food safety points for natural flavor, which is a low quality ingredient.
It’s also worth noting Addictions Raw Alternative dog foods don’t reveal the omega6:omega-3 ratio, which is unfortunate since AAFCO allows a very inflammatory limit of 30:1.