Recently, some people have started asking about the nutritious value of corn, which may have you wondering whether or not you should switch to a dog food without corn. The truth is that corn is a valuable, nutritious ingredient, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there about dog foods without corn.
To help you make the choice about whether or not a corn-free dog food is right for your dog, here’s everything you need to know about the nutritional value of corn.
What are the nutritional benefits of corn?
Every single ingredient in our dog food serves a purpose, and corn is no exception. We use high-quality corn in many of our dog food formulas because it’s an excellent source of:
- Protein. The corn gluten meal we use functions as an important source of protein and amino acids, which are vital for maintaining healthy muscles, skin, and hair.
- Carbohydrates. Whole corn or corn meal provide easily digestible carbohydrates, which serve as a key energy source for your dog.
- Linoleic acid. This omega-6 fatty acid found in corn is essential for helping your dog grow and maintain his healthy skin, coat, and immune system.
- Antioxidants. Corn contains antioxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene, which help support a healthy immune system.
Should I feed my dog a dog food without corn?
We believe that this decision to feed your dog a corn-free dog food is completely up to you. We support corn as a beneficial and nutritious ingredient in many of our dog foods. But if you do decide to feed your dog a dog food without corn, we make those, too.
Corn isn’t the only nutritious grain that can have positive effects in dog food. Learn more about why Purina believes in the power of grain here.