This is a company that claims to care about the health of your animal. Purina also claims they have SCIENCE behind their research but science clearly states that dogs do not have a carbohydrate requirement or starch requirement per se, but carbs do provide a form of glucose...as glucose can come from other sources other than carbs. Carbohydrates aren't even recognized as AAFCO as an essential nutrient. Why is a company like Purina using SO MANY CARBOHYDRATES in their foods? 44.5% carbohydrates is almost HALF of the food in the form of carbohydrates!
I hate to ask this, but is Beneful a product for a specific income level and the carbohydrate content doesn't matter? Does the carbohydrate content allow Purina to make, distribute, and then allow the store to sell the food for a specific price point that's STILL affordable for certain incomes after it's marked up by manufacturer, distributor, and retail?
Is it that the people buying this product don't know any better? Do they think they're buying a product that's fit for a carnivore?
I don't know of any research that states an appropriate amount of carbohydrates for dogs is 44.50%, almost 50% of the foods. There's no double blind placebo controlled study that states this is a healthier diet over a native diet. Carbohydrates of this level do not amount to what many define as a dog's native diet.
Please ask your pet food company questions about carbohydrates. Look deeper, do more research, and keep asking questions.