Ocean Nutrition Formula One Flakes Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 1 Star Foods


Ocean Nutrition Formula One


Guaranteed Analysis


Crude Protein
58.6% Min
Crude Fat
15.6% Min
Crude Fiber
1.8% Max
7.2% Max
4.8% Max
0.6% Max

Ocean Nutrition Formula One Ingredients:

Dried fish solubles, wheat gluten, salmon, wheat flour, rice starch, fish meal, lecithin, fish oil, dried kelp, yellow 6 lake, squid, mussels, brine shrimp, tuna roe, Vitamins [a-tocopheral acetate (source of Vitamin E), L-ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (source of Vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), niacin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K3 activity), rosemary extract (preservative), folic acid, thiamine mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), biotin, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin A supplement, cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3)], minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate), citric acid (preservative), magnesium sulfate.


Ocean Nutrition Formula One Flakes Ingredients Analysis

The primary ingredient is Dried Fish Solubles, a by-product of fish canning and fish oil industries. During the processing of fish to recover the oil fraction a mixture of water and oil is produced. Then after this mixture is centrifuged to remove the oil the water containing fraction can then be condensed or dried to produce condensed fish solubles or dried fish solubles. A source of protein but may not be well digested. Again, we would rather protein come from actual aquatic meat products, not by-products.

The second and third listed ingredients are "Wheat" products. Splitting wheat into two different products may result in wheat being listed lower in the ingredient list than the actual overall wheat content justifies. In reality, wheat may be the first ingredient.

With only 2 of the first 9 ingredients being preferred ingredients, the overall protein content of this food is doubtful. Any remaining preferred ingredients (kelp, garlic, squid, mussels, brine shrimp, tuna roe) are listed so far down the ingredient list that their nutrional addition to the food is, at best, marginal.

This food contains a multitide of non-desirable ingredients. Various preservatives, including Ehtoxyquin and BHT, various artificial coloring agents, and synthetic Vitamin K.

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 1 Stars

With below marginal acceptable proteins, very limited preferred plant ingredients, various preservatives, artifical coloring agents, and synthetic vitamin K, I cannot justify anything higher than a 1 star food.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 (worst) to 6 (best) in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.

  1. Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
  2. Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
  3. A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.

These basic concepts apply:

  • Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
  • Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
  • Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
  • Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
  • In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
  • In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
  • Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.'
  • Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus

Posted: 2 years 9 months ago by kmuda #62280
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This article has been updated to reflect significant ingredient changes. How the mighty have fallen, from a potential 5 star food to a 1 star food.

Ingredients listed in this Analysis are based upon ingredients listed by Drs. Foster and Smith web site. The Ocean Nutrition Web Site still lists the formula from several years ago.