Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits (Tubs)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

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Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits product line includes two tubbed recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits Savory Beef Stew [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits Simmered Chicken Stew [A]

Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits Savory Beef Stew was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Ol' Roy Tasty Benefits Savory Beef Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Chicken broth, beef, white rice, carrots, green peas, modified tapioca starch, vegetable oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato starch, dicalcium phosphate, chicken, choline chloride, salt, minerals (potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), chicory root fiber (source of inulin), mixed tocopherol, dried yeast extract, vitamins (calcium pantothenate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%36%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%61%13%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 13%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient lists 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.

The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh ingredient is vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The ninth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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, yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago2, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

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.

Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits looks like an above-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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 100%.

Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 61% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 25% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Ol’ Roy Tasty Benefits is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of beef or chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Special Alert

Because we’re unable to locate a company operated website that offers complete product information, we’re compelled to rely on photos collected by volunteers at various retail locations.

So, information manually copied from these images and used for analysis can lead to data entry errors, incomplete product listings and inaccurate nutrient averages.

In addition, recipe changes and ingredient substitutions may not be apparent to our research staff or consumers.

For these reasons, we recommend shoppers use caution when considering the purchase of any dog food listed in this review.

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Notes and Updates

04/08/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Pat C.

    The Ol’ Roy tasty benefits now has a flavor called “chicken and beef medley” which has an even better ingredients list….. chicken broth, chicken, beef, white rice, carrots, Modified Tapioca Starch,Vegetable Oil (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols),Potato Starch,Green Peas, then minerals and vitamins. I hope this site does a review on it soon. I would like to find out if the fat content is lower on this latest flavor since it has two meats at the top of the list instead of one. My dog likes this food and eats it all right away.

  • Rachel B.

    My mom uses this as a topper on her little dog’s meals. Its just her and the dog at home now so the dog is pretty much “her little girl”. Not great, but not terrible to add a little flavor to the good quality kibble she buys as “the little girl” is finicky and likes the taste. I think she uses about one tablespoon per meal. Probably two tablespoons a day at most.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yeah, I agree it’s very high in fat. But, if someone were feeding a low to moderate fat kibble, this is a decent budget choice to use as a topper. Just a spoonful or two depending on the size of the dog could spruce up the meal and add some fresher foods and much needed moisture to a meal.

  • mahoraner niall

    my face when i saw this : OO

  • Amateria

    Well I did mention that labs, the ingredients could easily fool anyone not looking at the analysis though, which is quiet a few people.

    They know people are starting to look at ingredients lists and so they make this eye candy for the unwary lol

  • LabsRawesome

    I wouldn’t call this food good at all.
    Waaayyyy too much fat!

  • Amateria

    I’m always moving my iPad sidewards to see if there’s anything new going on, on the left side and yay this is! 😛

    I’ve gotta say I never thought I’d see the day that ol’roy could be this good, however the happiness kinda ends there… DAT FAT!… Lol, well at least it’s not an insane amount of carbs that are usually present in these foods but it’s a pancreatitis attack waiting to happen that’s for damn sure.