Beneful Dog Food tubs receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.
The Beneful product line includes 14 tubbed recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Beneful Prepared Meals Beef Stew
- Beneful Chopped Blends with Beef
- Beneful Chopped Blends with Lamb
- Beneful Chopped Blends with Chicken
- Beneful Prepared Meals Chicken Stew
- Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Chicken
- Beneful Prepared Meals Simmered Beef Entree
- Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Turkey Medley
- Beneful Prepared Meals Beef and Chicken Medley
- Beneful Prepared Meals Savory Rice & Lamb Stew
- Beneful Prepared Meals Simmered Chicken Medley
- Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters Savory Beef
- Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters Savory Pork
- Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters Savory Turkey
Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Turkey Medley was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Turkey Medley
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, turkey, wheat gluten, liver, corn, meat by-products, corn starch, wild rice, peas, barley, artificial and natural flavors, calcium phosphate, salt, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||9%||37%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||43%||21%||36%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The second ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.
This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fourth ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fifth item is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
The sixth ingredient is meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.
With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.2
Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.
The seventh ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.
Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.
The eighth ingredient includes wild rice. Wild rice is a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The ninth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With three notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.
Soy flour would be expected to have a notably lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Beneful Tubbed Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Beneful tubbed dog food looks like a below-average wet product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 19%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten, peas and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Beneful tubbed dog food is a meat-based wet product using a moderate amount of named meats and liver as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from this same company may want to check-out our review of Beneful Dry Dog Food.
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Other spellings: Beniful
Notes and Updates
05/20/2014 Last Update