Is Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food Good?
Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 stars rating — accounts for 8% of all the pet food we review.
They seem to have a certain level of carbs, and contain some ingredients we concern. We do not recommend this pet food.
What We like
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
What We Concern
- More than 37% Carbs
- Include Plant Protein in Top 5 ingredients
- Numberous Controversial Ingredients
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Contain Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
- Include Ingredients that might be Related to Poor Digestion
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have similar ratings. This means they are quite similar.
Recipe to review
To rate Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Rachael Ray Nutrish Big Life Hearty Beef, Veggies & Brown Rice.
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||30% or more||28%|
|Fat||15% or more||13%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||44%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||5.6%|
51 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
Soybean MealPlant Protein Concentrate
Dried PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Ground Whole CornCarbs
Fish MealAnimal Protein
Pea StarchCarbs, Plant Protein
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Malted Barley FlourCarbs
Menhaden Fish OilFat
Soy GritsPlant Protein Concentrate
GelatinAnimal Protein, Food Additive
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Lactic AcidFood Additive
Mixed TocopherolsFood Additive
Citric AcidFood Additive
Annatto ExtractFood Additive
Natural Smoke FlavorOthers
TipsWe find 11 Concerned and 8 Notice ingredients from Rachael Ray Nutrish Big Life Hearty Beef, Veggies & Brown Rice. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Ground Whole Corn
- Pearled Barley
- Pea Fiber
- Pea Starch
- Natural Flavor
- Malted Barley Flour
- Soy Grits
- Sodium Selenite
- Citric Acid
- Soybean Meal
- Rice Bran
- Brown Rice
- Fish Meal
- Dicalcium Phosphate
- Rice Flour
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
2 / 7 (29%)in top 7 ingredients
28%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Medium !
It looks like it contains a moderate amount of meat. Your furbabies should still be fine with it.
Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 2 recipes, the group has an average of 28% protein, 13% fat and 44% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is -2 (%) less than ideal
- Fat is -2 (%) less than ideal
- Carbs is 16 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food has an carbs level higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Nutrition ratio, mainly the level of carbs raises our attention
- Ingredients might be worth to take a second look
- Medium level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 star rating.
Do we recommend Rachael Ray Big Life Dry Dog Food ?There are several things make us concerned, so we do not recommend it. If there is a very strong reason for you to choose it, try to mix with other pet food with higher meat to balance the diet.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.