Real Meat Company Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Real Meat Company product line includes the 7 air-dried dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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- Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey (2 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Chicken (3.5 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Lamb (2 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Beef (2 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Turkey and Venison [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Lamb and Fish (5 stars) [A]
- Real Meat Air-Dried Venison (5 stars) [A]
Real Meat Air-Dried Beef recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Real Meat Air-Dried Beef Formula
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef lung, beef liver, vegetable glycerin, pumpkin powder, parsley powder, inulin (from chicory root), ground beef bone, dried marine microalgae, mixed tocopherols, potassium chloride, rosemary powder, taurine, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, selenium yeast, folic acid, biotin, l-tyrosine, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||35%||32%||25%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||56%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After drying, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
Although they are quality items, raw organ meats contains up to 73% water. After drying, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
The fourth ingredient is vegetable glycerin. Glycerin is used in the food industry as a natural sweetener and as a humectant to help preserve the moisture content of a product.
The fifth ingredient is pumpkin powder. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is parsley powder. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, parsley exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score1 of 91.
The seventh ingredient is 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.
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 Real Meat Company product.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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.
Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
In addition, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower 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.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Real Meat Company Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Real Meat Company Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 78%.
Which means this product contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a generous of meat.
However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat (and thus the meat) content may be significantly understated on the label.
Additionally, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 26% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Real Meat Company is a grain-free dehydrated dog food using an abundant amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.
Real Meat Company Dog Food
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06/09/2020 Last Update