Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free product line includes three canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef
- Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Liver
- Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver
Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef and Liver
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic beef, organic beef liver, organic beef broth, organic guar gum, carrageenan, potassium chloride, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron carbonate, copper proteinate, manganese iodate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||56%||17%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||48%||35%||17%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes organic beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is organic beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is organic beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The fourth ingredient is organic guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
The fifth ingredient includes organic carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With one notable exception…
This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Newman’s Own Organics
Grain Free Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free looks like an above-average canned product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 64% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 30%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.
Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of beef and beef liver as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of Newman’s Own Organics Dry Dog Food.
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Notes and Updates
07/04/2010 Original review
03/21/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩