Purina Beyond Grain Free Dog Food Review (Canned)

Purina Beyond Grain Free Dog Food Review

Purina Beyond Grain Free Canned Dog Food Review

Rating:

Purina Beyond Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Purina Beyond Grain Free product line includes the 10 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Beyond Beef, Potato and Green Bean Ground Entree 4 M
Beyond Chicken, Carrot and Pea Ground Entree 4 M
Beyond Grain Free Ocean Whitefish, Salmon and Sweet Potato Ground Entree 4 M
Beyond Chicken and Sweet Potato in Gravy 4 M
Beyond Turkey and Green Bean in Gravy 4 M
Beyond Beef and Spinach in Gravy 4 M
Beyond Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato Ground Entree 4 M
Beyond Grain Free Chicken, Lamb and Spinach Ground Entree 3 M
Beyond Grain Free Alaskan Cod Ground Entree 4.5 M
Beyond Grain Free Texas Beef Ground Entree 4.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina Beyond Grain Free Chicken, Carrot and Pea Ground Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Purina Beyond Grain Free Chicken, Carrot and Pea Ground Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, liver, carrots, peas, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], guar gum, salt, carrageenan, choline chloride, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), vitamin B-12 supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid (vitamin B-9), vitamin D-3 supplement]

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%27%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%51%22%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 22%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

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

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The third 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 fourth ingredient includes carrots which 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 potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

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 Purina product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, we find carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Purina Beyond Grain Free canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

Which means this Purina product line contains…

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

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

Our Rating of Purina Beyond Grain Free Canned Dog Food

Purina Beyond Grain Free is a canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

12/04/2020 Last Update