Rachael Ray Nutrish tubbed dog food earns the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Rachael Ray Nutrish product line lists six tubbed dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Chicken Paw Pie
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Hearty Beef Stew
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Beef Stroganwoof
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Savory Lamb Stew
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Tail-Waggin Turkey
- Nutrish Naturally Delish Chicken Muttballs with Pasta
Nutrish Naturally Delish Hearty Beef Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Rachael Ray Nutrish Simply Delish Hearty Beef Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef broth, beef, dried egg product, chicken, pea protein, potatoes, carrots, peas, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, ground tapioca, potassium chloride, salt, caramel color, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, taurine, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, niacin, copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, manganese proteinate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, biotin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||14%||38%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||37%||30%||34%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add 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 dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fourth ingredient is chicken, another quality raw item.
The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a 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 meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient is 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.
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 one notable exceptions…
This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Rachael Ray Nutrish Tubbed Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Rachael Ray Nutrish tubbed dog food 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.
Near-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 pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a below-average amount of meat.
Rachael Ray Nutrish tubbed dog food is a meat-based wet product using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
06/17/2012 Original review
01/02/2014 Review updated
01/02/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩