Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, brown rice, ground rice, dried plain beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sodium chloride, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, zinc proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, iron proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis20%13%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%15%55%
Calorie Weighted Basis20%31%49%
Protein = 20% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The second ingredient is brown rice, 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 third ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, 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 Just 6 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 looks like an above-average dry 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 23%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing just a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 is a plant-based dry dog food using just a modest amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

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.

Rachael Ray Dog Food
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07/01/2017 Last Update