Updated: 4 days ago
Hello! And welcome back!
I am so excited to start this series: What's REALLY In The Bag (WRITB). The point of this series is to dive deep into each of the ingredients on the panel. My goal is to arm you with the information to become the best possible health advocate for your dog.
The first ingredient on the Purina ProPlan Sport is chicken.
Although the chicken lists as the number one ingredient, it is more likely the 7th. This is because the ingredients are listed from greatest to least INCLUDING water weight. Even if the chicken is the #1 with water, after heating and processing it loses 70% of its water weight and drops down to the 7th ingredient...
This is very misleading to the consumer. The pet food companies are allowed to market as "chicken #1 ingredient" when in reality it is not. Since AAFCO regulates what claims foods make, this is technically a "correct" claim but WHEN was it correct? Because although this food had chicken as the #1 ingredient... it was before the heating, processing, extrusion, packaging, labeling, and shipping the uniform death food into shelves all around the world.
If the company used hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and pasture-raised chicken then the quality would be amazing! Unfortunately, that's not the case. When I called Purina, all they would disclose is that the chicken was sourced in the US.
Did you know: Most chicken used in the pet industry is from the egg industry. Since male chickens are useless for egg manufacturers, as soon as they hatch they are thrown into an industrial grinder and used in pet foods.
As well as the antibiotics and hormones used. There have been thousands of recalls due to low-quality chicken that was tainted with antibiotics/hormones that caused paralysis, renal failure, death, and more. Since antibiotics are being used more and more... the chickens are becoming resistant. This means that there will be more and more sickness in chickens. The only way to stop this is to stop using do many gosh darn drugs and chemicals! Conventional chicken is highly inflammatory. This is because of the high sugar starches and carbs they're fed. The body needs inflammation to bring white blood cells to an area. But when we feed a food that puts the body in a constant state of inflammation which causes dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the microbial imbalance of the microflora.
When the body is inflamed it directly correlates with the gut. Since 70% of the immune system, it holds a very important function. Inflammation in the gut causes cells to separate. Allowing food antigens to fall into bloodstreams, also known as leaky gut syndrome. An antigen can look like a structure of the body’s tissue protein and can cause autoantibodies (cause of autoimmune diseases). When the gut is compromised, chronic illness sets in. This is why so many pets have skin issues, allergies, diabetes, bloat, arthritis, hypothyroidism, gingivitis, and cancer.
There is more allowance for harmful bacteria such as Salmonella in kibble than in raw food. 92% of salmonella is from chicken. The FDA monitors the safety of the "bacteria-infested" raw food but not kibble...
Purina recalls (most recent):
What's a product recall?
A product recall is a request from the manufacturer to return a product after they discovered a safety issue or product defect that will cause harm and endanger those who consume it.
Purina, as well as many other companies, recall their food due to low-quality and dangerous ingredients. For example, chicken treats all around the world were being recalled due to dangerous antibiotics being used on the chickens then being absorbed by the dogs." The antibiotics include sulfaclozine, tilmicosin, trimethoprim, enrofloxacin, and sulfaquinoxaline. The antibiotics are approved in China, where most of the treats are made, and in other countries, according to company statements". These chickens were sourced from China and were being wide labeled. Which means all the chicken was from the same source, it was just labeled and sold as different (higher and lower) quality brands. Leaving pet owners clueless and their pet's dead.
Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall (3/11/2016)
Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall (8/30/2013)
Recalls involving chicken:
Aunt Jeni’s Home Made has recalled its turkey and chicken dinner products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria. The recall affects lot codes 75199 JUL2020, and 1152013 JUL2020. The recall was made on (7/30/2019)
Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalled 86 lots of 33 different varieties of canned dog foods that had higher than allowable levels of Vitamin D. The recall was expanded twice with the initial recall being released on (1/31/2019) Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks Recall September 2015 (10/1/2015)
Joey’s Jerky Chicken Jerky Treats Recall (9/10/2013)
Nutri-Vet Recalls Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (2/21/2013)
Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats Recall (1/11/2013)
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recall (10/4/2012)
Both of these recall lists only scrape the surface... If I were to dig even deeper the list would be endless!
Chicken is very high in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs). Which means they are most susceptible to oxidation because they have 2 carbon bonds. On the other hand, saturated fats are less likely yo oxidize since they have no carbon bonds. When fats oxidize they break down into smaller compounds. This is a problem because it changes the fat. When fats oxidize they become rancid and cause oxidative stress in the body. Oxidation is when the oxygen molecule splits into a single atom with an unpaired electron. These are called free radicals. Electrons love to be in pairs. So these free radicals seek out other electrons to become pairs. This causes damage to DNA, cells, and proteins which is called oxidative stress. Conventionally farmed chicken contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). These make them more prone to oxidizing faster. Once chicken-based dry foods are exposed to air, they only have around 2 weeks until all the fats turn rancid.
That wraps up the very first ingredient of What's REALLY In The Bag: Purina ProPlan Sport #1 Chicken. I hope you enjoyed and Always Keep Exploring!