Some people claim corn is a nutritious cereal in a dog’s diet, others defend that it is an unhealthy cereal grain.
What really is the truth? Is corn good or bad as a portion of our dog’s food? Should you choose dog food without corn?
1. Corn as a central cause of food allergies and gastrointestinal problems.
There are several other ingredients commonly known to cause an allergy in sensitive animals.
Wheat, beef and dairy products are much more likely to be allergens for dogs than corn.
2. Corn has been known as a filler.
Corn is a natural ingredient that supplies essential fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates and antioxidants.
It is not just a filler, corn has nutritional value.
It is a good source of energy but you should not buy a dog food in which corn is the primary ingredient.
You dog should eat a dog food with a meat protein as the first ingredient.
Corn gluten meal is purified protein which has been separated from the other parts of the kernel.
It should not be the only source of protein, however, it does make a good complement to other proteins in the diet.
3. Corn is easy to digest.
Corn is a whole grain that is not highly digestible. Unless the corn kernels are refined into flour or meal, this ingredient can be hard to digest.
4. Corn has a high biological value.
To claim that corn contains elevated biological value is not truth.
For example, compared to fish meal which has a biological value of 92 %, corn only has a biological value of 54 %.
Corn basically makes dog food less costly to produce by diluting the diet’s more expensive meat ingredients.
The goal so many manufacturers use it is to make their products more reasonably priced for consumers.
Still, to announce corn essentially because of its nutritional benefits is very misleading.