Forza10 Legend (Dry)

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    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Forza10 Legend Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.


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    The Forza10 Legend product line includes 2 grain-free dry dog foods.

    Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

    Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

    • Forza10 Legend Grain Free Skin [U]
    • Forza10 Legend Grain Free Digestion [U]

    Forza10 Legend Grain Free Digestion was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

    Forza10 Legend Grain Free Digestion


    Dry Dog Food

    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Protein = 32% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 43%

    Ingredients: Whole anchovy meal, sweet potato, potato protein, pea starch, pea protein, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken meal, chicken fat, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, copper amino acid complex), sunflower oil, dried algae, fructooligosaccharide (FOS), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid), dl-methionine, oregano, thyme, Yucca schidigera extract, dried dandelion root extract

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.6%

    Red items indicate controversial ingredients

    Estimated Nutrient Content
    MethodProteinFatCarbs
    Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
    Dry Matter Basis32%17%43%
    Calorie Weighted Basis28%36%37%
    Protein = 28% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 37%

    The first ingredient in this dog food is anchovy meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, anchovy meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

    Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

    The second ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

    The third ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

    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 actual meat content of this dog food.

    The fourth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

    The fifth ingredient is 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.

    The sixth ingredient is fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

    Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

    The seventh ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

    The eighth ingredient is 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.

    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 three notable exceptions

    First, we find sunflower oil. 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.

    Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener2 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

    And lastly, with the exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

    Forza10 Legend Dog Food
    The Bottom Line



    Judging by its ingredients alone, Forza10 Legend Dog Food 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 32%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

    And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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

    When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the potato and pea proteins, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

    Bottom line?

    Forza10 Legend is a grain-free plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

    Highly 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.

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    Notes and Updates


    05/18/2017 Last Update

    1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
    2. Wikipedia definition

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