ALDI Natural Elements Dog Food Review

I never thought I’d say this, but the Natural Elements range at ALDI is actually alright. Okay, it’s not great, but it’s a huge improvement over their Julius range.

Our independent ALDI Natural Elements dog food review will tell you the good… and the bad… about this food. So, read on!

ALDI Natural Elements Review

It’s important to consider the good points and bad points of this cleverly formulated food. I’ll explain a number of real truths behind the ingredients, which as with most pet foods reads better than it is. Make sure you absorb both before deciding whether to feed this to your dog or not.

Let’s take a look at ALDI Natural Elements Grain Free Chicken

First off, the guaranteed analysis is better than most. Protein of 28% is higher than average, as is fat at 18%. That gives an approximate 36% carbohydrates which is better than most other supermarket brands. The food is also at the cheaper end of the scale at around $12 for a 2.5kg bag – that makes it somewhat affordable for those on a tight budget.

ALDI Natural Elements Dog Food Review

The main ingredient in Natural Elements “Chicken” is actually Poultry Meal, so it’s a bit dubious how much chicken there actually is. Ambiguous ingredients are often poor quality (which is a cert given the price per kilo of this food), and this could be a combination of whatever “poultry” is cheapest. It definitely won’t be the succulent chicken breast pictured on the bag, but remnants of poultry inclusive of frames and whatever can’t be sold for human consumption. This is the case with most pet foods by the way.

The second ingredient (likely of an equal quantity to the poultry meal) is Peas. Peas are a cheaper way of bulking up protein and adding fibre than meat. It’s not necessarily a bad ingredient but there are concerns about excessive peas in a canine diet. This is one of the reasons we recommend rotating foods or supplementing a diet with fresh ingredients.

The third ingredient is Poultry Tallow which is rendered poultry by-products. It’s a cheap product as it’s a way of recycling and selling meat waste. It’s found in a lot of pet foods and will be a significant constituent of the 18% fat. On the label it says it contains rosemary extract as a natural preservative, but also antioxidants. These will be chemical antioxidants to extend shelf-life, and chemicals in a pet food are never good.

ALDI Natural Elements Dog Food Review

We find a trifecta of carbs – TapiocaPotato, and Sweet Potato. It’s probably better to have a mix, and it’s nice to see they haven’t been used excessively in the formula. Too much carbs are bad for dogs, and as said earlier this food has lower carbs than other supermarket offerings.

Gravy is more likely animal or poultry digest, a broth from rendering meats. It’s a cheap ingredient which is why so many manufacturers list it ambiguously as gravy or natural flavours.

We find glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as salmon oil and coconut oil. These will be beneficial for joint health and well-being, but likely included due to the poor quality of meat and meat fats. Taurine (an amino acid found in meats) has been added for a similar reason.

We find a range of trace fruits and veggies such as alfalfa, cranberries, and blueberries. These are good ingredients but as trace amounts they’re probably included more because they look good on the label.

So there you go, an insight into ALDI Natural Elements dog food. The review probably reads more negative than positive, but it’s still a better food than the likes of Julius and far too many other supermarket dog foods. If you have a tight budget then this could be a suitable option, in which case it’s worth supplementing with fresh meats and veggies to really offer your dog a boost on a budget.

Rated 6 out of 10 as ALDI Natural Elements dog food is a reasonable budget option. If you want a better dog food then be sure to check out our Best Rated Dog Foods list.

Where to buy ALDI Natural Elements

Unfortunately ALDI Australia don’t have a delivery service, but you can use their tool to find your nearest store.

ALDI Natural Elements Ingredients

The ingredients of ALDI Natural Elements dry dog food (as of March 2021) is as follows:

Poultry Meal (Source of Chicken), Peas, Poultry Tallow (Contains Rosemary Extract, Antioxidants), Tapioca, Potato, Sweet Potato, Gravy, Vitamins & Minerals, Beet Pulp, Salmon Oil, Vegetable Oil, Chicory Root, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Coconut Oil, Alfalfa, Blueberries, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Parsley Flakes, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine, Rosemary, Taurine, Kelp Meal, Beta Carotene.

ALDI Natural Elements Guaranteed Analysis

The guaranteed analysis of ALDI Natural Elements dry dog food (as of March 2021) is as follows:

Carbohydrates *Estimated 36%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

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6 Total Score
ALDI Natural Elements is a reasonable budget dog food

David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. We use the Aldi Natural Elements chicken grain free to stretch out the Applaws in a half half ratio. We needed budget friendly grain free and this is the winning combo for our greyhound who has a sensitive stomach. We feed him this combination with a small amount of shredded chicken. It took us a while to find the right fit for food and budget but we got there with this set up. Just wish they came in bigger bags. Also Aldi stopped the grain free for a while but they have just started back again so fingers crossed it stays that way.

  2. I want to buy the natural elements SALMON dry dog food 2.5kg pack, My dog and the cat like this and they only eat it as a supplement…. I first bought it from Pet Barn and now its like looking for rocking horse poop….. not happy Jan.

  3. Would you be able to do a review on Aldis natural elements chicken and rice?

    • Smells nice, GRAIN FREE & my dog loves it

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2022 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Paul, I’ll see if I can track down the ingredients… unfortunately they don’t list them online, and I don’t live near an ALDI :/

      • Ingredients: Poultry Meal, ground rice, oats, fish meal, chicken fat(contains rosemary extract), field peas, beet pulp, kelp, salt, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, emu oil, yucca schidigera extract, glucosamine, chondroitin, salmon oil, tomato powder, carrots, blueberries, prebiotic, peppermint, rosemary, cranberries.

        Guaranteed analysis
        Crude protein 28% minimum
        Crude fat 14% minimum
        Crude fiber 4.5% maximum
        Crude salt 1% minimum
        Metabolizable energy 330kcal/100g ave

        How would this compare to the natural elements grain free chicken you reviewed?

  4. Why has Aldi ceased to supply 2.5 kg Natural Elements dog food with 60 % protein

  5. Hi,
    I bought Aldi’s “Natural Elements” wet food & it has really good healthy ingredient & the quality is very good, it comes in a white plastic tray, sealed with foil, when you open you can smell a nice fresh smell, normally dog wet can food does NOT smell that great but this Natural Element wet food does, you have the Shredded Chicken on 1 side you have the Duck or if you buy the Beef on the other side & undernealth you have all the proper veggies, my cat went nuts & wanted some of Patch Lunch, so I gave Indy some she loved it & its only 99c I saw a lady yesterday in Coles buying a heap of the small My Dog foil wet foods they were on special 5 for $5.50, I told her go to Aldi’s, Adli’s have a new range of Dry, Wet & Treats better quality dog food & smells heaps better then the Coles & Woolworths wet foods.. My Dog wet food smells…

    * The Adli “Natural Element” Treats are also good quality, I cut the sticks up into small pieces & put in a small container my cat loves them aswell & you know how fussy cats can be..
    The Kangaroo Treat Sticks have red meat in the middle when I was cutting the sticks up

  6. Hi.
    do you know who is making the Adli’s brand, Natural Elements?

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