ALDI Natural Elements Dog Food Review

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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 👍

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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:

Protein28%
Fat18%
Carbohydrates *Estimated 36%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

ALDI Natural Elements Dog Food Review

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