Tender and True Dog Food Review (Dry)

Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Dry Dog Food

Review of Tender and True Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Tender and True Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Tender and True product line includes the 7 dry 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
Tender and True Chicken and Brown Rice 5 A
Tender and True Turkey and Brown Rice 5 A
Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Grain Free 5 A
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free 5 A
Tender and True Whitefish and Potato Grain Free 5 A
Tender and True Salmon and Sweet Potato Grain Free 5 A
Tender and True Small Breed Organic Chicken Grain Free 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Tender & True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free 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.


Tender & True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic dried peas, organic chickpeas, organic ­flaxseed meal, organic tapioca starch, organic chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic potato fl­our, organic pea protein, organic chicken liver, natural ­flavor, menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), choline chloride, salt, mixed tocopherols, vitamins (l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, inositol, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, ribofl­avin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, citric acid (preservative), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), potassium chloride, minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 39%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After cooking, 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 organic chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient lists organic dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient includes organic chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is organic flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is organic tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh item is organic chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is organic potato flour. Unlike potato starch, potato flour is made from the whole potato (even the skins). This item is considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates with only modest nutritional value.

The ninth ingredient is organic 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.

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 3 notable exceptions

First, we find menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.

What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.

Next, 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.

Nutrient Analysis

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.

Based on its ingredients alone, Tender and True Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, chickpeas and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Our Rating of Tender and True Dog Food

Tender and True includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free dry dog foods that use a significant amount of named meat meal as their main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.



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01/27/2021 Last Update