Merrick Healthy Grains Healthy Weight Recipe

Overall Score

The overall score is an average of the ingredient quality and ingredient safety concerns. For more information, see our evaluation criteria.

3.5
4 color scale
Merrick Healthy Grains Healthy Weight Recipe

Merrick Healthy Grains Healthy Weight Recipe

Merrick Healthy Grains Healthy Weight Recipe
3.5
4 color scale

Overall Score

The overall score is an average of the ingredient quality and ingredient safety concerns. For more information, see our evaluation criteria.

0

Ingredient Quality

6 out of 10

  • Product is calculated to contain 37% carbohydrate Dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrate but they are used for energy, texture and taste. Starch is also required for extrusion in dry foods. Excessive carbohydrate is an indicator of food quality as it can be used to reduce manufacturing cost. Foods that are high in carbohydrate can raise insulin and cause obesity. Some studies also show that dogs fed a high carbohydrate content have changes to their gut bacteria. Learn more
  • Is fortified with excessive minerals Five or more added minerals indicate a lower quality food that’s lacking naturally occurring minerals from whole food sources.
  • Is fortified with excessive vitamins When vitamins come from whole food sources, they include the full spectrum of cofactors, which makes them safe and bioavailable. While a couple of added vitamins are acceptable, five or more implies the food is of poor nutritional value. Learn more
0

Ingredient Safety

2 out of 10

  • Product is ultra processed Extruded foods are heated four separate times during production, which will cause major losses in some active enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients. Studies shows that ultra processed foods are linked to a higher rate of all-cause mortality in humans. Learn more
  • Contains rice Arsenic contamination is a significant concern with rice since it naturally absorbs arsenic and the water it's grown in can be contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is linked to chronic health issues. Learn more
  • Contains ingredients known to contain higher pesticide/herbicide residues in the top 5 ingredients including barley Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers pose a significant health risk to plants, animals and soils. Foods with the largest reported amount of residue will be penalized, including crops that are known to be spray-dried with glyphosate. Learn more
  • Contains natural flavor Natural flavors are often animal digest or MSG, which are low quality ingredients with limited safety studies. Learn more

Other Concerns

Notable product facts

  • Ingredient splitting Splitting is a technique of manipulating the ingredient list to move certain ingredients higher or lower on the ingredient list. This is often used to diguise the amount of lower quality ingredients in the food, such as corn or peas. Learn more
  • Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is not provided. Diets rich in omega-6 fats can cause chronic inflammation and disease. Learn more

Ingredients On Package

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Barley, Turkey Meal, Miscanthus Grass, Quinoa, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Apples, Carrots, Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Proteinate, Cobalt Carbonate), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Niacin, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Citric Acid for freshness, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product. 2

Guaranteed Analysis





Crude Protein (min) 26%
Crude Fat (min) 9%
Crude Fiber (max) 10%
Moisture (max) 11%

HAS THIS LABEL CHANGED?

Help us keep Dog Food Reviews up to date!

If this food or ingredients are out of date, please fill out the form below to notify us. We’ll update the food and score to reflect the latest ingredients.

More Healthy Grains Dry Dog Foods

0
Merrick Grain Free Turducken in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Turducken in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain-Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Sweater Weather Supper Seasonal Recipe
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Sweater Weather Supper Seasonal Recipe
0
Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate Beef Recipe in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate Beef Recipe in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Wingaling in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Wingaling in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Wilderness Blend in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Wilderness Blend in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Smothered Comfort in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Smothered Comfort in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Grammy's Pot Pie in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Grammy’s Pot Pie in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Cowboy Cookout in Gravy
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain-Free Cowboy Cookout in Gravy
0
Merrick Grain Free Brauts-N-Tots
Grain Free Wet
Merrick Grain Free Brauts-N-Tots

This site uses cookies to help make your experience  more awesome.  By continuing you agree to our privacy policy and terms of use.