Raw Bistro Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Raw Bistro product line includes four frozen raw 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.
- Raw Bistro Beef Entree
- Raw Bistro Bison Entree
- Raw Bistro Turkey Entree
- Raw Bistro Chicken Entree
Raw Bistro Beef Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Raw Bistro Beef Entree
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef heart, ground beef bones, beef liver, beef tongue, beef kidney, organic spinach, organic parsley, organic beets, organic blueberries, organic kelp, non-gmo safflower oil, inulin (extract of chicory), sea salt, zinc polysaccharide complex, vitamin E supplement, manganese polysaccharide complex, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||35%||6%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||37%||59%||4%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The second ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is beef tongue. Beef tongue consists mostly of muscle meat and naturally rich in protein, minerals and B vitamins, too.
The fifth ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The next five items include a series of nutrient-rich organic fruits and vegetables…
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 four notable exceptions…
First, safflower oil is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Safflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
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.
In addition, 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.
And lastly, we find only a few added vitamins or minerals detailed on the ingredients list. We must assume many of these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
Raw Bistro Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Raw Bistro looks like an above-average raw dog food.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.
Raw Bistro is a meat-based frozen dog food using a significant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Raw Bistro Dog Food
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11/21/2015 Last Update