Now personally I think that corn could be good if it was processed properly but I've found kernel skins and even a half of a kernel back when I had Snoopy on T/D. What does everyone else think about corn? It's funny though because if you look at pretty much ANY of the hills or science diet foods you'll see that the first, if not second ingredient is corn. So is this article just to rationalize their extensive use of corn? Humm...I doubt I'd ever put my cats or dog back on Hills.Corn - An amazing grain
For centuries, people and their animals have relied on corn as a superb source of these nutrients:
Highly digestible carbohydrates for energy
Essential fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
Beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein — nature's antioxidants
Quality proteins for muscle and tissue growth
Corn has been called a filler, a "hot grain" and a major cause of allergies. The facts are, corn is NOT a filler (an ingredient providing no nutrition) as it supplies many essential nutrients. In pets, corn is NOT a hot grain (causing gastrointestinal upset) because it is safely and easily digested.
In addition, a review of published literature indicates corn was implicated in fewer allergy cases than other common protein sources such as beef, dairy products, wheat, chicken, egg, lamb or soy.1
Corn is a natural and wholesome ingredient that supplies essential fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates and natural antioxidants
Corn is not a common cause of allergic reactions in pets
No single ingredient provides the best protein balance for your pet. That's why Hill's selects a combination of ingredients. The protein building blocks in corn are essential for pets and complement those in other ingredients to give dogs and cats balanced protein nutrition.
According to recent studies in various species, antioxidants in foods such as corn may potentially reduce the risk of some forms of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, strokes, atherosclerosis, cataracts, and slow the aging process.2 Betacarotene, vitamin E and lutein are antioxidants in corn that help protect key cell components from damage.3 Also, cooked ground corn is highly digestible so pets can easily absorb corn's important nutrients.4,5,6
A natural winner
Corn is a rich source of fatty acids, especially linoleic and linolenic for healthy skin and coat. These essential fatty acids serve important roles in the immune system and central nervous system as well.3 The carbohydrates supplied by corn are an important source of energy for your pet.
As good as gold
Corn is a well-rounded nutritional package and an ideal choice as a pet food ingredient. No other ingredient is as versatile as this golden grain. That's why you'll find corn in most Hill's® Science Diet® brand pet foods along with other healthy ingredients to give your pet precisely balanced nutrition.
But we don't digest it properly, and when Lily got a hold of my plate and ate about 2 cups of corn ( ) it all came out the way it went in (sorry for the vulgarity). Maybe it was just her or the breed that can't digest it??it is safely and easily digested.