So Marley & Me is billed as a comedy - hmmmmm - apparently the writers don't know what the word comedy means. I really didn't like this movie because it should have been upfront and said "sad" not heartwarming. Heartwarming to me is something that makes you feel good - all this movie did was make me sad. Another big point in the movie is they show Purina Puppy Chow and Purina bags quite often. Ok, so we get it Purina sponsored them however now it makes all the new puppy owners go get Purina Puppy Chow. I looked up the ingredients and saw they offer Healthy Morsels for puppies now - sounds healthy, right? Must be because the bag says this - specially formulated with chewy chunks and crunchy bites with whole grains, real beef, and vegetable accents for overall good health - the extra nutrition your puppy needs for proper growth and development.
Now lets look at the ingredient label -
Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, brewers rice, meat and bone meal, barley, beef, sugar, animal digest, sorbitol, fish oil, phosphoric acid, salt, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried carrots, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, brewers dried yeast, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, manganese proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, DL-Methionine, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Great! corn, more corn, some wheat, by product, meat and bone meal, sugar, animal digest, colors....wait where is the real beef and vegetable accents? Ahhh accents - I guess that means we sprinkled some on and the beef we've added is full of water (or it would be beef meal) and is non specified beef which could mean anything. Now here's an even bigger kicker -
Menadione Sodium Bisulfate ( a Synthetic form of Vitamin K). This ingredient is both unnecessary and potentially harmful. It has been linked to:
* Liver cell cytotoxicity
* Weakened Immune systems
* Potential mutagenic effects
* Damage to the natural Vitamin K cycle
* Hemolytic anemia and jaundice
* Direct toxicity in high doses
* Irritation of the skin and mucous membranes
* Allergic reactions and eczema
So, in closing - Purina Puppy Chow Healthy Morsels is anything BUT healthy. To learn more about how to read a pet food label click here