Corn along with some other plant based ingredients are "filler" that shouldn't be included in a pet's diet because it is poorly digested and can cause allergies.
The Facts - Corn is an excellent source of many nutrients
- "Fillers" may be defined as ingredients with little or no nutritional value. Based on this description corn is not a filler
-Corn provides a good source of carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids for dogs and cats
-Corn is found in many forms, all of which can contribute to nutritious diets. Corn gluten meal contains 60-70% protein and is an excellent souce of essential fatty acids. Whole corn or corn meal provides highly digestible carbohydrates as an energy source.
-Corn is a good source of Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid required by both dogs and cats.
-It also contains an abundant amounts of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta-carotene.
The Facts - Corn gluten meal is highly digestible
-Corn gluten meal is easy to digest, making its nutrients readily available to your pet.
-Corn gluten meal contains many essential amino acids, so when it is properly combined with other protein sources, it can contribute to highly digestible and nutritious diets.
The Facts - Corn is not a common allergen
-Dogs and cats can develop allergies to any protein. It is estimated that only 10% of allergic skin conditions are caused by food, they are more often suspected to be caused by the environment.
-Corn does not appear on the list of most common food allergies in dogs and cats.
-The most common food allergies in dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, followed by lamb, egg, chicken and soy.
-The most common food allergies in cats are beef, dairy and fish.
The Facts - Corn is a high quality ingredient
-The quality of corn in pet foods can vary greatly
-There are five grades of corn quality according to the USDA; grades 1 and 2 are traditionally used in human food products.
-For example; Purina's standard for corn is grade 1 or 2
Nutrients vs. Ingredients
Remember it is not always about the ingredient it is about the nutrients that ingredient has to offer. Corn has a great amount of nutrient value and can be a great addition if a good grade has been used. Corn is valuable when paired with other nutrient dense ingredients.
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