Review of Authority Grain Free Dry Dog Food
Authority Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Authority Grain Free product line includes the 6 dry recipes listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Authority Grain Free Adult Large Breed||4||U|
|Authority Grain Free Adult Small Breed||4.5||U|
|Authority Grain Free All Life Stages High Performance||4.5||U|
|Authority Grain Free Fish Potato Skin, Coat + Digestive Health||4.5||U|
|Authority Grain Free Fish Potato Skin, Coat + Digestive Health Small Breed||4.5||U|
|Authority Grain Free All Life Stages Chicken and Pea||4.5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Authority Grain Free All Life Stages High Performance was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Authority Grain Free All Life Stages High Performance
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned turkey, chicken meal, dried peas, turkey meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), lentils, dried potatoes, tapioca starch, dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed meal, natural flavor, deboned duck, deboned salmon, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) (source of DHA), potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, sodium hexametaphosphate, dried chicken cartilage (source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), mixed tocopherols and citric acid (preservatives), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), inulin, l-carnitine, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||33%||22%||37%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||44%||30%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The third ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient includes lentils, which are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.
The eighth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The ninth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
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 5 notable exceptions…
First, we find flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
In addition, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.
HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.
Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.
Next, inulin is a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, Authority Grain Free looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Which means this Authority product line contains…
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas, lentils and flaxseed meal, this looks like the ingredient panel of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Our Rating of Authority Grain Free Dog Food
Authority Grain Free is a dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Has Authority Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Authority.
No recalls noted.
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More Authority Brand Reviews
The following Authority dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Authority Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Authority Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Authority Tender Blends Dog Food Review (Dry)
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