The Corn Myth:©

Myth: Corn is just a filler

Fact: Corn is NOT a filler.  It is an excellent source of nutrients such as Essential fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.  Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Lutein nature's antioxidants.  Highly digestible carbohydrates for energy and Quality proteins for muscle and tissue growth.


Myth: Corn is poorly digested.

Fact: Cooked corn is actually highly digestible. The protein in corn is more digestible than that of rice, wheat, barley or sorghum.*

Myth: Corn causes food allergies in pets.

Fact: Corn is a very rare allergen in dogs and unreported in cats.  In fact Beef, dairy, wheat, lamb, chicken, chicken egg and soy together comprise of 93% of the food allergies in dogs.**  Studies show that corn causes no more food allergies than any other grain.

*Murray SM, Fahey GC, Merchen RN, et al.  Evaluation of selected high-starch flours as ingredients in canine diets,Journal of Animal Science 1999;77;2180-2186

**Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition

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The By-Product Myth: ©

Definition: By-Product-"Something produced in the making of something else."

Did you know that Vitamin E, JELLO and Beef bouillion are all by-products.  Vitamin E is a by-product produced when processing Soybeans.  Vitamin E is commonly used as a natural preservative in pet food.

Myth: Pet Foods that contain ingredients listed as "by-products" are inferior

Fact: Many by-products are excellent sources of nutrients for pets.  With extremely rare exceptions, all pet foods contain by-products.  Common by-products in pet foods are: Animal fats, Animal proteins, Pork and Beef liver, Beet pulp and Tomato pomace.

By-product meal includes the highly nutritious organ meats, such as liver, kidney and heart, that are highly palatable and beneficial to pets***

***Science Diet Mythbusting, Issue #2, '09 FOCUS.

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The Truth About Meat First ©

Myth: "Meat-first" foods are better.

Fact: Healthy pets need nutrients and a complete balance of amino acids from both meat and non-meat sources.  Meat is not the only source of protein available, either.  Other ingredients, like corn can provide it as well.

Myth: Grain-free pet foods are better

Fact: There is no nutritional foundation to support a grain-free diet, and foods that have grains are just as digestible as grain-free foods.  The term "grain-free" is misleading, as all grain-free foods contain carbohydrates from other sources, such as the sweet potato, which actually has more carbohydrates than corn.

Myth: More protein is better

Fact: Animals cannot store protein. Excess protein forces the kidney to work harder when they have to convert it into waste, which is excreted in urine.

Myth: Dogs are carnivores and need mostly meat.

Fact: Dogs are omnivores and need a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins from a variety of sources including meats, vegetables and grains.  This aids in controlling excess nutrients that may be a risk for long-term health.

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 The Whole Chicken Myth  £ 

Myth: Whole Chicken is better than Chicken Meal

Fact:  Chicken meal actually contains more chicken nutrient than whole chicken because it contains less water.


          85% Water                                                                 6% Water

  1KG =150gms Chicken Nutrient                      1KG = 940gms Chicken Nutrient

 £ Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Myths and Misuse of Pet Food Labels