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Maize / Corn in dog food

Maize / Corn

Maize (or corn to us Brits) is widely used in dry dog foods as an alternative to grains like rice, oats and barley. Of all of the grains used in dog food, maize is certainly amongst the most controversial, with vocal critics and supporters in equal measure.

It has to be said though that many of the most ardent supporters of maize are from within the pet food industry. They correctly argue that maize is a good quality, nutritious carbohydrate source with a comparable nutritional profile to grains like oats and barley.

Critics of maize, on the other hand, claim that it is harder for dogs to digest and is therefore much more likely to lead to food intolerance or allergies. Many canine nutritionists and some vets now recommend avoiding maize based diets altogether.

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Donna Burn Rabbitt 5 years ago

My mother made dog food out of scraps of food from the week, corn meal and I'm not sure what else. We had a Great Dane that appeared to remail healthy until he was about 11 or 12, then we came home and he had died apparently from his heart just stopping. He never showed signs of illness and he was always peppy, jumped on the top of his dog house which was about 4 feet high with no problem. This was in the 50's and 60's, I believe the corn was healthier.
I have been reading about the healthy aspects of corn and there are many. In many parts of the world Maze and/or Meale is a main staple, often almost all they eat and these people are healthy and active in the outbacks. They grind their own corn, it is fresh. I ground buckwheat the other day for crackers and it did not even taste the same as when I used buckwheat flour.I am a great believer in moderation in everything including moderation so too much cornmeal without other healthy and varied ingredients is probably not a good idea but in moderation I think is about the quality of the product, not necessarily the product as it is called in modern times without distinction [ie: MILK....this is not raw from the cow, goat, is denatured and over processed and does not resemble the real thing yet, it is called MILK.

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