Several minutes of internet research reveals that former presidents and rock singers consume at least some quantity of corn. So why do we make such an issue of it being in Dog Food?
Well, the real truth of the matter is that corn is used in the making of most of the more inexpensive kibble because it is a relatively cheap and very available source of carbohydrates. A carbohydrate source appears to be essential in the manufacture of kibble.
Mike Sagman wrote an interesting article for Dog Food Advisor. Here is a link to it http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/dog-food-corn/. Here he claims to dispel many of the myths regarding the use of corn. I think he makes some pretty good points though it appears that he may have a bit of a bias against the use of corn in dog food.
As I stated in a previous post, I do not really see a major issue with the use of corn if the dog does not have an allergy to it. While arguably foods containing a large amount of corn may not be the most nutritionally balanced, if the dog is healthy and having no allergic reaction to the food I don't really feel the need to fix something that may not be broken here.
Purina actually does a really good job of explaining some of the health benefits of corn on its web site here: http://www.purina.com/meet-purina/nutrition/power-of-grain#/power-of-corn. Both Purina and Eukanuba state that corn provides antioxidants, carbohydrates and fiber. The fiber is important because it aids in digestion.
Blue Buffalo makes an interesting statement regarding corn on it's website. It reads, "And of course, BLUE never uses corn, wheat, or soy. These are considered by many veterinary nutritionists to be lower quality ingredients used as fillers and are often associated with pet allergies." You can see this at : http://bluebuffalo.com/nutrition. I have a couple of issues with the statement Blue makes here:
- What exactly is a "filler"? Well the dictionary definition of the word "filler" is : "filler plural of fill·er (Noun)