Fromm Gold Coast Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Fromm Gold Coast Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Fromm Gold Coast product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.

Fromm Gold Coast Weight Management

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Whitefish, salmon meal, lentils, peas, chickpeas, potatoes, pea starch, dried tomato pomace, turkey liver, flaxseed, salmon, salmon oil, chicken fat, monocalcium phosphate, dried whole egg, pea fiber, sweet potatoes, alfalfa meal, carrots, lettuce, celery, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, salt, brewers dried yeast, taurine, chicory root extract, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, dl-methionine, l-tryptophan, sodium selenite, sorbic acid (preservative), vitamins, minerals, probiotics

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%11%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%25%49%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1

Although it is a quality item, raw fish contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish 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.2

The third ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, both lentils and peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh 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.

We also note that a number of ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of legume:

  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Pea starch
  • Pea fiber

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.

You see, if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list — possibly making legumes (not meat) the predominant ingredient in this recipe.

The eighth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The ninth ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

Although it’s a quality item, raw liver contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, salmon 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, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, pea fiber is a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

Next, this recipe includes alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

We also find brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

And lastly, although the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of nutrients on the company’s website.

Fromm Gold Coast Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Fromm Gold Coast 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 28%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the legumes, flaxseed, alfalfa meal and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Fromm Gold Coast is a grain-free, plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of salmon meal 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

10/05/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • sharron

    thank you!!!!

  • aimee

    Hi Sharron… You remembered what was important…. not to feed Lexi foods that list chickpeas or garbanzo beans in the ingredient list. In the end that is all that matters!

  • InkedMarie

    I have a dog notebook with all sorts of information, including that makes Boone’s ears flare.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I guess I don’t see it as a memory thing, I see it as an organizational issue of not keeping track of important information about an ingredient your dog reacts to. If your memory is that bad, write stuff down that you learn on here or something so that you don’t have to rely on remembering it ….and maybe consider that online forums like this one that force you to rely on your memory if you don’t have a good way of organizing the information you receive on here (because this forum doesn’t have a search feature and you keep deleting your account and then re-emerging so that past comments are no longer in your profile either) may not be the best place for you to seek or be getting important info about your dog from?

  • sharron

    that’s pretty rough

  • Amateria

    Well I think you should be happy your not the only one on here that, that happens to.
    It took me 5-6 now years to learn what I know and the only reason behind it taking that long despite reading about it daily was I kept forgetting half of what I read, which is why I revise these days as often as I can in hopes I can keep the memories of what I’ve learnt lest I forget it again 🙁
    This memory problem started at 14 and 13 years later it’s still just as bad as it ever was if not much worse… I may have to try certain foods I dislike see if maybe it helps even a little bit, so tired of not remembering anything.

  • sharron

    i’m assuming you are younger than i am, so when you get to my age, i would like to see what your memory is like. I had forgotten that you had told me about chickpeas and garbanzo beans being the same thing, God forgive me, and if you want to give me a good shake to make me pay attention then you better grab a number and get in line.

  • Shea

    I was considering this formula to help my small terrier lose a couple of pounds but it seems like it is really heavy on carbs. Can dogs lose weight on a food that’s half carbs? I really like the Fromm brand and Sadie is currently on the Gamebird formula that has 17% fat and is 409 calories. I only give her a little over half a cup a day but it’s the fat percentage I’m worried about.

  • Storm’s Mom

    sharron, I told you they were the same thing 10 days ago on the Natural Balance Limited Ingredients page. You “upvoted” the comment: https://disqus.com/home/discussion/dogfoodadvisor/natural_balance_limited_ingredient_diets_dry/#comment-3209495719

    Honestly, sometimes I just want to shake you by the shoulders and say “Pay attention, damnit!!”

  • sharron

    H iC4C – thanks for letting me know. I didn’t realize they were the same thing. Lexee is doing just fine. I’ve had her on different meat proteins, lamb, chicken, venison and duck, all canned food and she is fine, no allergic reactions at all. So i honestly believe that it’s the chickpea thing and not meat proteins.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Sharron-
    Did you know that chick peas and garbanzo beans are the same thing? One is the English word and the other is Spanish. I just googled to figure out why the two different names for the same bean. I hope you didn’t end the elimination diet too soon and everything goes ok.

  • Caroline

    The food I finally found for Roscoe is made in Canada. It’s Horizon Pulsar. He’s been on it for three months now and no ear problems. The only place I can get it is on Chewy.I wish more Canadian foods were available here.

  • sharron

    hi – took Lexee off the elimination diet and she is doing fine as long as the food doesn’t contain chickpeas or garbanzo beans. She was fine after she stopped eating the Orijen and Acana. I’m feeding her canned food from the vet. Every so often i will give her Natural Balance Limited Ingredients dry food. No reaction whatsoever.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Storm is intolerant of alfalfa (as well as poultry), so I can toooootally relate to this. I’m in Canada and I’ve actually found enough foods for a decent rotation, thankfully, but half of them are only available in Canada (for now, anyway).

  • Caroline

    I totally agree! My dog is diabetic with allergies to potatoes and alfalfa, and it was difficult to find a grain free food without one or both of those ingredients.

  • Deborah Smith

    I just feel like alfalfa would be a bad thing to put in dog food. It just seems it would be an allergy waiting to happen.

  • Alison

    This formula has been great for my dog, I switched from Orijen senior as my dog was getting so little food and still gaining weight. I have tried both this and Now Fresh Senior, this is my preference. My dog is at his ideal weight and not starving like he was on Orijen senior. His poops are better on this formula then the Now Senior. I would highly recommend for a older dog or a doggie that needs to shed some pounds!

  • Alan Prill

    I switched my Border Terrier to Fromm Gold Coast Weight Management from Acana Grasslands. The Acana has 5 Stars and the Fromm has 4 Stars. One thing is undeniable: my dog loves the Fromm and hated the Acana. I can’t let her graze anymore, however, because she’d eat four times as much food and defeat the purpose of the weight management formula.