Diamond Dog Food Ingredients

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Diamond manufactures roughly 36 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Diamond ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Diamond uses roughly 145 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Diamond, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. wheat flour
  4. cracked pearled barley
  5. rolled oats

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Diamond is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by wheat flour, cracked pearled barley, and rolled oats.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Diamond does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 36 Diamond dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

Diamond does indeed use animal by-products. More specifically, 2 animal by-product ingredients were found during our analysis of Diamond dog food ingredients.

According to AAFCO, by-products are defined as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. In other words, animal by-products are the leftover ingredients that humans typically do not consume (lung, heart, tongue, stomach, intestine, blood, etc).

Many consumers have equated animal by-products with slaughterhouse waste. Animal by-products are still very controversial. Most premium brands have abandoned them in favor of specific named organ ingredients (duck liver, chicken heart, etc).

If you must feed a product with animal by-products, ensure that the specific animal source is specified. In other words, avoid ingredients such as meat by-products or poultry by-products.

poultry by-product meal
1 Recipes

Poultry by-product meal is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous ingredients such as poultry by-product meal are typically low-quality ingredients in comparison to named protein by-product meals (e.g. chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, duck by-product meal).

The following recipes contain poultry by-product meal:

chicken by-product meal
5 Recipes

Chicken by-product meal is produced by cooking chicken by-products using a process called rendering. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, chicken by-products contain nearly all parts of chickens which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.</p><p>Like other meat by-products, chicken by-products are considered controversial, mainly because they are inexpensive ingredients which consumers have equated with slaughterhouse waste. However, manufactures and many experts claim that animal by-products are unjustly criticized. Proponents state that "named" by-products, such as chicken by-products, supply many important nutrients required by dogs.

The following recipes contain chicken by-product meal:

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 3 anonymous meat ingredients used by Diamond.

poultry by-product meal
1 Recipes

Poultry by-product meal is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous ingredients such as poultry by-product meal are typically low-quality ingredients in comparison to named protein by-product meals (e.g. chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, duck by-product meal).

The following recipes contain poultry by-product meal:

meat meal
2 Recipes

Meat meal is produced by cooking meat using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of meat and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.</p><p>This ingredient is marked controversial because the source animal for the meat is not specified. These type of anonymous ingredient are typically very low quality and certainly inexpensive additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the meat source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.

The following recipes contain meat meal:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 9 controversial ingredients inside Diamond products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

white rice
1 Recipes

White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain white rice:

corn gluten meal
2 Recipes

Corn gluten meal is a by-product from the production of various corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc). It's very high in protein (nearly 60% protein) and therefore can significant boost the protein content of the product. Because plant based proteins such as corn gluten meal are inferior to meat based proteins (lack many essential amino acids), they are not suitable substitutes.

The following recipes contain corn gluten meal:

ground corn
2 Recipes

Ground corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.</p><p>Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.</p><p>Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.</p><p>In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.</p><p>Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The following recipes contain ground corn:

ground whole grain corn
4 Recipes

Ground whole grain corn contains the entire corn kernel (the germ, bran, and endosperm). Corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.</p><p>Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.</p><p>Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.</p><p>In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.</p><p>Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The following recipes contain ground whole grain corn:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
5 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

poultry by-product meal
1 Recipes

Poultry by-product meal is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous ingredients such as poultry by-product meal are typically low-quality ingredients in comparison to named protein by-product meals (e.g. chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, duck by-product meal).

The following recipes contain poultry by-product meal:

chicken by-product meal
5 Recipes

Chicken by-product meal is produced by cooking chicken by-products using a process called rendering. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, chicken by-products contain nearly all parts of chickens which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.</p><p>Like other meat by-products, chicken by-products are considered controversial, mainly because they are inexpensive ingredients which consumers have equated with slaughterhouse waste. However, manufactures and many experts claim that animal by-products are unjustly criticized. Proponents state that "named" by-products, such as chicken by-products, supply many important nutrients required by dogs.

The following recipes contain chicken by-product meal:

tomato pomace
8 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

meat meal
2 Recipes

Meat meal is produced by cooking meat using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of meat and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.</p><p>This ingredient is marked controversial because the source animal for the meat is not specified. These type of anonymous ingredient are typically very low quality and certainly inexpensive additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the meat source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.

The following recipes contain meat meal:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Diamond ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Diamond Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Original
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Original
First Five Ingredients
ground corn
meat meal
wheat flour
poultry by-product meal
chicken fat

Diamond

Naturals
Beef Meal & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Beef Meal & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef meal
grain sorghum
ground white rice
dried yeast
egg product

Diamond

Naturals
Extreme Athlete Chicken & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Extreme Athlete Chicken & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
chicken
ground white rice
chicken fat
cracked pearled barley

Diamond

Pro89
Beef, Pork & Ancient Grains Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Pro89 Beef, Pork & Ancient Grains Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
pork
beef meal
grain sorghum
whole grain brown rice

Diamond

Care Rx
Renal Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Care Rx Renal Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
brown rice
chicken fat
egg product
potato protein
tomato pomace

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Hi-Energy
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Hi-Energy
First Five Ingredients
chicken by-product meal
ground corn
wheat flour
rice bran
chicken fat

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken & Rice Formula For Dogs In All Life Stages
Diamond
Naturals Chicken & Rice Formula For Dogs In All Life Stages
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
whole grain brown rice
cracked pearled barley
white rice

Diamond

Naturals
Lamb Meal & Rice Formula For Large Breed Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Formula For Large Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
whole grain brown rice
cracked pearled barley
oatmeal
grain sorghum

Diamond

Naturals
Light Adult Dog Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
Diamond
Naturals Light Adult Dog Lamb Meal & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
whole grain brown rice
oatmeal
cracked pearled barley
ground white rice

Diamond

Care Rx
Sensitive Stomach Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Care Rx Sensitive Stomach Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
potato
egg product
potato protein
tomato pomace
chicken fat

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Maintenance
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Maintenance
First Five Ingredients
chicken by-product meal
wheat flour
ground whole grain corn
rice bran
dried beet pulp

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Performance
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Performance
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken by-product meal
ground whole grain corn
wheat flour
egg product

Diamond

Naturals
Salmon & Potato Formula For Skin & Coat (All Life Stages)
Diamond
Naturals Salmon & Potato Formula For Skin & Coat (All Life Stages)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
fish meal
potato
lentil
pea

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken & Rice Formula For Large Breed Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Chicken & Rice Formula For Large Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
whole grain brown rice
cracked pearled barley
ground white rice

Diamond

Care Rx
Sensitive Skin Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Care Rx Sensitive Skin Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
pea
pea flour
salmon hydrolysate
sunflower oil
flaxseed

Diamond

Naturals
Lamb Meal & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
ground white rice
cracked pearled barley
grain sorghum
egg product

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken & Rice Formula For Small Breed Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Chicken & Rice Formula For Small Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
cracked pearled barley
ground white rice
grain sorghum

Diamond

Naturals
Lamb & Rice Formula For Small Breed Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Lamb & Rice Formula For Small Breed Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
ground white rice
cracked pearled barley
grain sorghum

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken & Rice Formula For Small Breed Puppies
Diamond
Naturals Chicken & Rice Formula For Small Breed Puppies
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
ground white rice
chicken fat
cracked pearled barley

Diamond

Care Rx
Weight Management Formula For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Care Rx Weight Management Formula For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
pea
chickpea
lentil
sweet potato

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Premium Adult
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Premium Adult
First Five Ingredients
chicken by-product meal
ground whole grain corn
wheat flour
chicken fat
dried beet pulp

Diamond

Dry Dog Food
Puppy
Diamond
Dry Dog Food Puppy
First Five Ingredients
chicken by-product meal
ground whole grain corn
wheat flour
chicken fat
dried beet pulp

Diamond

Naturals
Lamb & Rice Formula For Large Breed Puppies
Diamond
Naturals Lamb & Rice Formula For Large Breed Puppies
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
whole grain brown rice
cracked pearled barley
grain sorghum

Diamond

Naturals
Grain-Free Pasture-Raised Beef & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Grain-Free Pasture-Raised Beef & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
lamb meal
sweet potato
pea
lentil

Diamond

Naturals
Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
sweet potato
pea
lentil

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken, Egg & Oatmeal Formula For Senior Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Chicken, Egg & Oatmeal Formula For Senior Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
whole grain brown rice
cracked pearled barley
ground white rice

Diamond

Naturals
Grain-Free Wild-Caught Whitefish & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Grain-Free Wild-Caught Whitefish & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
fish meal
sweet potato
pea
lentil

Diamond

Naturals
Beef Dinner
Diamond
Naturals Beef Dinner
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
rice flour
carrot

Diamond

Naturals
Chicken Dinner
Diamond
Naturals Chicken Dinner
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
rice flour
carrot

Diamond

Naturals
Lamb Dinner For Adult Dogs
Diamond
Naturals Lamb Dinner For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
lamb liver
rice flour
carrot

Diamond

Naturals
Adult Dog Biscuits With Chicken Meal
Diamond
Naturals Adult Dog Biscuits With Chicken Meal
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
chicken meal
brown rice
wild rice
rolled oats

Diamond

Naturals
Adult Dog Biscuits With Lamb Meal
Diamond
Naturals Adult Dog Biscuits With Lamb Meal
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
lamb meal
brown rice
wild rice
rolled oats

Diamond

Naturals
Adult Dog Biscuits With Beef Meal
Diamond
Naturals Adult Dog Biscuits With Beef Meal
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
beef meal
brown rice
beef
rolled oats

Diamond

Naturals
Adult Dog Biscuits With Peanut Butter
Diamond
Naturals Adult Dog Biscuits With Peanut Butter
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
brown rice
peanut butter
chicken meal
rolled oats

Diamond

Naturals
Large Breed Biscuits With Chicken Meal
Diamond
Naturals Large Breed Biscuits With Chicken Meal
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
brown rice
chicken meal
rolled oats
salmon meal

Diamond

Naturals
Puppy Biscuits With Chicken Meal
Diamond
Naturals Puppy Biscuits With Chicken Meal
First Five Ingredients
pearled barley
brown rice
chicken meal
rolled oats
cane molasses