Whole Earth Farms Healthy Grains Hearty Beef & Rice Stew Dog Food

Overall Score

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

5.5
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Whole Earth Farms Healthy Grains Hearty Beef & Rice Stew for Dogs

Whole Earth Farms Healthy Grains Hearty Beef & Rice Stew Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Healthy Grains Hearty Beef & Rice Stew for Dogs
5.5
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.

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Ingredient Quality

5 out of 10

  • Product is calculated to contain 20% 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
  • Contains fats that are highly processed or inflammatory Seed oils, such as safflower, sunflower or flaxseed oil, provide calories and taste. They are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which can cause systemic and gut inflammation. Other oils like soybean are highly processed and may contain trans fats. Studies shows that ultra processed foods are linked to a higher rate of all-cause mortality in humans. Learn more
  • Contains plant protein Plant-based protein sources are the least expensive substitute for quality animal protein. Whenever possible, animal sources of protein are preferred because they contain a wider array of amino acids than plant based protein sources and are more digestible. Learn more
  • 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
  • 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.
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Ingredient Safety

6 out of 10

  • Product is highly processed Canned foods are heated before and during canning, which will cause significant losses in some active enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients. 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 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
  • Product doesn't provide the omega-6:omega-3 ratio Diets rich in omega-6 fats can cause chronic inflammation and disease. Learn more

Ingredients On Package

Beef, Beef Broth, Vegetable Broth, Rice, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Carrots, Flaxseed Oil, Potato Protein, Apples, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Guar Gum, Gum Ghatti, Cassia Gum, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Sodium Phosphate, Agar-Agar, Ground Flaxseed, Locust Bean Gum, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodate, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Cumin, Cinnamon, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis





Crude Protein (min) 7%
Crude Fat (min) 4%
Crude Fiber (max) 2%
Moisture (max) 82%

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