Newman’s Own Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Newman’s Own product line includes one recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance..
Newman's Own Adult Dog Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, organic barley, organic oats, organic peas, chicken meal, organic sorghum, organic soybean meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic brown rice, organic millet, organic rice, organic flax seed, dicalcium phosphate, organic carrots, natural flavors, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dried kelp, parsley, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, rosemary extract, manganese proteinate, lecithin, copper proteinate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), riboflavin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin hydrochloride, biotin, cobalt proteinate (source of chelated cobalt), ethylenediamine dihydriodide (source of iodine), sodium selenite, dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dehydrated Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dehydrated Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dehydrated Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||23%||13%||55%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||21%||29%||50%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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 barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The sixth ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.
Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
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 3 notable exceptions…
First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, 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 Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Newman’s Own Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, soybean meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Newman’s Own is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free canned dog food.
Newman’s Own Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
01/12/2020 Last Update