Diamond Naturals Grain Free Review

Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs

Diamond Naturals Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs

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Review of Diamond Naturals Grain Free
Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs

This product is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

According to our data, this Diamond recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Diamond Naturals Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Diamond Naturals Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a common gluten free carbohydrate source in pet food. In addition to its fiber content, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, an important antioxidant which serves as a precursor to vitamin A.

The fourth ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

The fifth ingredient is garbanzo bean. Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Diamond Naturals Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Diamond recipe.

Next we have pea flour. Pea flour is made from roasted peas which have been processed into a powder. It's naturally rich in protein and dietary fiber.

The next ingredient is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which provides a healthy dose of omega-6 fatty acids.

Then we have tomato pomace. 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.

Moving on, we have natural flavor. Although natural flavor does not provide any nutritional value, it does improve palatability.

Moving on with this review, we have fish meal. Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The next ingredient in this review is flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Our next ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

salt is the next ingredient in this recipe. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.

Next on the list is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

The remaining ingredients in this Diamond Naturals Grain Free recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product contains anonymous meat ingredients. These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.

The official PawDiet rating for Diamond Naturals Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula For Dogs is 3.5 out of 5.