Corn in Dog Food

Why no corn/maize in our dog food?

For those unfamiliar with the terms – Maize and Corn are the same thing – dangerous to your dog’s health!

So here’s our explanation for why there’s no corn in dog food made by us.

Cornheap in India
Cornheap in India © Pratheepps

Corn is an unnatural product which cannot even reproduce itself. That in itself says a lot to me! No other plant or grain has that level of incapacity. If simply left to its own devices, corn/maize as we know it would disappear from the face of the earth.

The origins of corn lie in Middle America. It was later cultivated by the American Indian but something interesting happened whenever corn was eaten in abundance by the Indians – pellagra broke out.

Pellagra is a niacin deficiency!

Corn/Maize does contain niacin, but in a form which cannot be absorbed from the intestine!

Pellagra – a niacin deficiency despite corn/maize containing it

Pellagra causes a variety of symptoms affecting the skin, central nervous system (including the brain and nerves); and the digestive system.

The classic collection of symptoms includes redness and swelling of the mouth and tongue, diarrhea, skin rash, and abnormal mental functioning, including memory loss.

While early patients may simply have a light skin rash, over time the skin becomes increasingly thickened, pigmented.

Areas of the skin may become prone to bacterial infection. The mouth and tongue, and sometimes the vagina, become increasingly thick, swollen, and red. Abdominal pain and bloating occur, with nausea and vomiting, and bloody diarrhea to follow.

The finger like tentacles in the duodenum, (used by the digestive tract  to process food through the system) get damaged and result in a lowered ability to digest or absorb food and its nutrients.

The duodenum is responsible for absorbing our B complex vitamins, our calcium, iron, iodine, C, and trace minerals like boron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and many others.

Lectins may be the root cause of your dogs health problems if you feed foods containing toxic ones

Corn/Maize contains Lectins which are basically part protein, part carbohydrate.

Lectins are the main problem with corn – the term is used to describe proteins which are part carbohydrate and part protein. Not all lectins are bad but those from corn/maize, wheat, rye, soy and dairy products are toxin lectins.

So lets take a closer look at these toxic lectins in corn/maize, soy, wheat, rye and  dairy products.

Toxic Lectins are  resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes. In other words – they cannot be broken down into a form suitable for digestion.

They may stick  to the wall of the digestive tract of your dog and damage its lining, and then may  pass through the wall of the digestive tract  into general circulation. Toxic accumulation and elimination resulting in skin rashes, itching and excess shedding in dogs.

Lectins can cause alterations in digestive function that may be related to many digestive problems like colitis in dogs, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome plus leaky gut syndrome.

It has also  been suggested that epilepsy in dogs results from the same problem.

Lectin damage to the wall of the digestive tract may allow other non-lectin proteins to cross undigested into general circulation of the body and cause allergic-type reactions, including toxic shock

Having gained access to general circulation various lectins may bind to surface cell membranes in arteries and vessels, organs and glands, including the thyroid, pancreas, kidney and adrenals, in susceptible animals and humans.

This binding may begin antibody reactions leading to autoimmune disorders and so-called degenerative diseases.

No matter what anyone tells you – Corn is not a healthy product for dogs and the problems may take a long time to show – but they will.