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Best Grain Free Dog Foods List

November 20th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Diet

Many of us rely on grain-free foods for our Tripawds, but how do we know which companies create the healthiest grain-free foods and which ones are just jumping on the grain-free bandwagon but using low quality ingredients? Who can you trust?

The Dog Food Advisor’s new lists, “Best Grain Free Dog Foods” are now available to help you decide.

In this important list. Dog Food Advisor Mike Sagman says:

“Compared to the typical kibble or canned food, the best grain free recipes contain more meat based protein as well as easy-to-digest animal fats. And usually fewer carbohydrates, too.”

He also advises us that “Kibbles Can Be Grain Free But Never Carbohydrate Free”

“Compared to canned dog foods, kibbles cannot be made with just meat. That’s because the process used for making kibble requires a notable amount of carbohydrates to create a dough-like binder to hold everything together.

Since there can be no corn, wheat, barley, rice (or any other cereal grains, for that matter), novel carbohydrates must be used in their place to make grain-free kibbles possible. And vegetables (like potatoes) appear to be the most common source of carbohydrates found in non-grain recipes.”

Reduce Carbs and Starches for Cancer Dogs

If your Tripawd has cancer, you may want to carefully consider what kinds of binders are used in your grain-free food of choice.

 EpigenThat’s because according to Wysong, makers of starch-free Epigen, in order to form any kind of grain-free kibble, “only about 30% of the formula can be meat in order for the product to form properly.” The rest of the formula is mostly starch from binders like potatoes, which are a carbohydrate that converts to sugar in the body.

Since sugar feeds cancer, you want to reduce your use of carbs as much as possible. Search for the foods with the lowest-amount of carbs possible to give your Tripawd the best chance at kicking cancer’s butt.

Here are Dog Food Advisor‘s complete lists of:

The Best Grain-Free Dry Foods for Dogs

The Best Grain-Free Canned Food for Dogs

Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek at top picks from each list…

Best Grain Free Dry Dog Foods

Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Earthborn Holistic Natural Dry Dog FoodEarthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food is a “High protein. High fat. And low carbohydrates when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing an abundance of meat.

For those looking to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet, Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural at least begins to approach this noble goal.

Bottom line?

Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural is a meat-based kibble using a generous amount of named poultry and fish meals as its main sources of animal protein… thus earning the brand five stars. Enthusiastically recommended.”

Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Dry Dog Food

Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Dry Dog Food 28.5-lb bagSolid Gold Barking at the Moon Dry Dog Food includes ocean fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself. . . We are pleased to note that, unlike most fish meals, this particular item1 appears to be ethoxyquin-free.

Very high protein. High fat. And very low carbohydrates… when compared to a typical dry dog food. With no evidence of any plant-based protein concentrates, this is the profile of a kibble containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Solid Gold Barking at the Moon is a meat-based dry kibble using a significant amount of ethoxyquin-free fish meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand five stars.”

Acana Regionals Grain-Free Dry Dog FoodAcana Regionals Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

High-protein, grain-free and low-carbohydrate and loaded with premium meat ingredients to promote peak conditioning in your dog. A few special thing to note…

This recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative. We also note the inclusion of herring oil in Acana Regionals Grain-Free. Herring 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, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Finally, Acana Regionals Grain-Free 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.

Best Canned Grain Free Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Blue’s Stew

Blue Buffalo Blue's Stew Hunter's Stew Canned Dog Food 12/12.5-oz cansBlue Buffalo Blue’s Stew features “a brand average of 43%, protein numbers range from a low of 39% for the Irish Lamb recipe to a high of 44% for all the others.

Fat averaged about 28%… which suggests a carbohydrate content of 21% for the full product line.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs… when compared to a typical canned dog food. With no plant-based protein concentrates anywhere in sight, this is the profile of a wet food containing an abundance of meat. What’s more, it’s also important to note the absence of any critical Red Flag items.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Blue’s Stew is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of poultry, beef or lamb as its main sources of animal protein… thus earning the brand four stars.”

Wellness CORE Canned Dog Food

wellness coreWellness CORE Canned Dog Food is “High protein. High fat. And very low carbohydrates… when compared to a typical canned dog food.

With no sign of any plant-based protein concentrates, this is the profile of a wet food containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Wellness CORE Grain Free is primarily a meat-based canned food using a generous supply of named fish or poultry as its main sources of animal protein… thus earning the brand five stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.”

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