Review: Beneful® Healthy Weight Dog Food

October 3, 2016

With all the negative press about Beneful® pet foods, I think it’s time to review another Beneful® variety.  One of our readers has been feeding the Beneful® Healthy Weight food to his dog and is searching for a new dog food.  With so many recalls and complaints about various pet foods these days, it isn’t easy to know where to turn.  I am always a bit uncomfortable recommending a certain brand of pet food because what works for one animal doesn’t necessarily work for another.  First, let’s talk about about the problems with Beneful® Healthy Weight Dog Food.

Beneful Dog Food Ingredients

Beneful Healthy Weight Dog Food


The first ingredient is chicken – a great beginning! Then they spoil it with chicken by-product meal. By-products of any kind are a result of the rendering process and could contain horrible things, like euthanized dogs and cats or road kill, or spoiled meat from the grocery store. Corn is the next ingredient. You’ll find my opinion of corn as a pet food ingredient here.  Suffice to say, corn holds far too much weight in this food in the third position on the list. This is followed by more grain. This Beneful® dog food contains soybean hulls as the fourth ingredient.  That means a lot of waste from the soy bean is in this food.  There won’t be much if any nutritional value in that.  Many dogs are sensitive to soy, just as they can be to corn.  Another reason to avoid anything soy is that virtually all soy grown in the United States is genetically modified.  GMO plants are treated with chemical pesticides as they grow, and who knows what the build-up of those chemicals will do when a dog consumes them every meal.

There’s more corn, more by-products, more ingredients Fido and Fluffy shouldn’t be eating. Yes, there are some good ingredients in this food but the bad outweighs the good in my eyes. I just don’t see what’s healthy about this product.

Animal fat is a rendered ingredient.  Enough said.  The fats or oils used in pet food should be named, such as chicken fat or salmon oil. That’s the only way to be sure it doesn’t come from that generic rendering vat.

Further down the list, are the colors.  Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 2 have all been linked to cancer.  Why take the chance?  Dog food doesn’t need the color.  Dogs do not care what it looks like.  This is just a marketing ploy to make pet owners buy the food.

All in all, this is a very poor excuse for dog food.  I would not want my pets to touch this one.

So what are the alternatives?  There are numerous lower priced dog foods on the market that are much better than this one.  When you shop, examine the ingredients list.  Read this and even  print it out and take it with you when you shop to help you avoid the bad ingredients and choose the good ones.



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