Chef Michael’s Grilled Sirloin Steak Flavor

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  • Published on: February 25, 2015
  • Last modified: June 13, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe this it off right with a good meat protein sources as the first ingredient. It is relatively high in protein, which is great. However, do note it uses multiple soy and corn variations to bolster the protein content (something to be aware of). Corn itself does not offer a balance amino acid profile for dogs. There are generic source ingredients such as animal fat and animal digest. Such generic sources opens up the question on what condition the animal was in and where it is from. Then there is the “Grilled sirloin teak flavor”, which is not claimed natural and means it can be synthetic and derived from non-natural sources. Non-natural ingredients that are best avoided. Food coloring has been added, which is not necessary and unfavorable. Lower down the ingredient list there are vegetables, but it is very little. On more complaint is they do not provide any nutritional information beyond the minimal. Lacking quality ingredients, and only offering high protein content, this recipe is below average.


  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Cons

  • Does not provide enough nutritional information
  • Does not provide Calorie info
  • Generic animal type ingredient sources
  • Contains unnecessary food coloring
  • Added flavoring is not described as natural. Could be synthetic
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 16% (min) 3% (max) 12% (max) 33% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories NA
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Beef
    2. soybean meal
    3. soy flour
    4. animal fat
    5. brewers rice

    Beef  is a good start and source of a complete amino acid protein, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Soybean meal is the remains after grinding the soybean to extract the oil. It is a low cost source of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, and it’s commonly found in animal feed.

    Soy flour is a good source of protein. It is also good source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.  The down side is there are other carbs including sugars.

    Animal fat can come from various sources, such as the state of the animal or the specific animal type. There is no enforcement or definition the source. As one example, it can come from healthy slaughtered animal; on the other hand it could also come from a sick and/or euthanized animal

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice. This processing strips valuable nutrients out, leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Corn gluten meal is an inexpensive source of protein, and does boast protein content when used. However, the amino acids it contains are not well balanced for a dog. Thus, it is an inferior choice to meat or other sources for protein. Look out for this protein substitute. There are some dogs maybe allergic to corn, which applies to this corn by-product.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and the protein amino acid profile is unbalanced. It is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    Poultry by-product meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. It may contain bones, lungs, brains, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc…The term “Poultry” is a generic term and it does not specify exactly the source. This leaves an open door to where they may have procure the poultry from, which may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, road kill, as a few examples among many other possibilities. Aside from the questionable generic term, meat meals do offer protein with a complete amino acid profile for dogs.

    Ground wheat is milled down grains of wheat. It is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.

    Animal digest is processed animal issue by applying heat, enzymes, and/or acids. The end product may contain protein, but it is not clear on what parts of the animal, condition of the animal, or what type of animal was used.  It doesn’t sound great and we advise to avoid this ingredient if possible.

    Pearl barley is a cereal grain with its hull and bran removed. Despite losing the bran, which is rich in nutrients and fiber, it still provides a good source of fiber from the inner kernel and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Grilled sirloin steak flavor does not contain the word “natural”. This leads to the question on where it came from, which it may even be purely synthetically conjured. Such flavoring additive is questionable on to whether this is best for your dogs health, and perhaps something to avoid given better alternatives out there.

    Food coloring is purely added for aesthetics. Despite being FDA approved, there is always risk they may do harm over time without much or any value in return. Food coloring is unnecessary and should be avoided.  Example of food coloring in the ingredients is blue1, “food coloring”, yellow 5, red 40, etc..

    Wheat flour is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.

    Garlic oil is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.

    All Ingredients

    Beef, soybean meal, soy flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), brewers rice, soy protein concentrate, corn gluten meal, ground yellow corn, glycerin, poultry by-product meal, ground wheat, animal digest, pearled barley, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, salt, grilled sirloin steak flavor, dried green beans, dried potatoes, sulfur, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, added color (Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 5, Yellow 6), niacin, wheat flour, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, Vitamin D-3 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), biotin, sodium selenite.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/30/2013 Purina One Beyond Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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