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What About Corn in Dog Food and Other Starches?

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Corn in Dog Food

You read a lot about how important it is to avoid corn in dog food amongst other common starches because it’s “unnatural” for dogs and “bad for them”. Here’s an article from one of the Blogs on the Scientific American site about some research:

“Adaptation to Starchy Diet Was Key to Dog Domestication”

Here’s an excerpt,

“…the study revealed that during the domestication of dogs, selection acted on genes involved in all three of the stages of starch digestion, promoting mutations that facilitated adaptation from a meat-centric diet to one heavy on starch. โ€œOur results show that adaptations that allowed the early ancestors of modern dogs to thrive on a diet rich in starch, relative to the carnivorous diet of wolves, constituted a crucial step in early dog domestication,โ€ the authors write in a paper published in the January 24 Nature.”

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