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Busting Myths about Corn in Pet Food

  • By Simon Beaulieu
  • Published 12/20/2011
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Corn is an ingredient that is widely used in pet food products. It has its own critics. Many bloggers have mentioned that cats and dogs cannot digest corn. However this is not true. Corn has a high nutritional profile. It is a good source of Omega-6 Fatty acids, which promotes a healthy skin and shiny coat, minerals, vitamins, including Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Niacin, and starch. It is noteworthy here that, for cats and dogs, starch is important source of energy. The fact that starch gets gelatinized during extrusion changes the structure of its molecule such that it becomes more available for digestive enzymes. Someone who is aware of the role of corn in pet food nutrition will never waver by its bad publicity.

One more fact about the starch from corn is that it gets digested in the small intestine with the help of pancreatic juices and enzymes. Studies show that starch digestibility of extruded corn diets, or diets cooked at high temperatures, is greater than 90%. This is one of the prime reasons why most premium dog food and cat food contain a certain degree of corn.

There is yet another misconception about use of corn in the premium cat food as being only a filler ingredient. This is mostly written by cat and dog owners whose pets have had a bad experience with substandard products or had an allergy to corn. So in reality, corn free pet foods are just one kind of innovation. All it does is it sets these products asides from the competition. A good quality premium pet food will have corn only to a limited extent. Cat foods will have it in lesser quantity as compared to dog foods. However, corn free pet food is actually just a marketing gimmick not based on valid science.

Some pets may develop allergy to corn, but that happens only due to prolonged exposure. This holds true for any ingredient that may be present in pet food. Thus, it goes without saying that so called corn free diets also have equal risk of substance allergy to cats and dogs.  If you are dealing with corn allergy of a pet, the best thing is to consult a veterinary doctor.

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Corn is an ingredient that is widely used in pet food products. It has its own critics. Many bloggers have mentioned that cats and dogs cannot digest corn. However this is not true. Corn has a high nutritional profile. It is a good source of Omega-6 Fatty acids, which promotes a healthy skin and shiny coat, minerals, vitamins, including Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Niacin, and starch. It is noteworthy here that, for cats and dogs, starch is important source of energy. The fact that starch gets gelatin

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