Ingredient Database:
corn gluten meal

Best available AAFCO definition: The dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.

Simple Definition: A high-protein residue from corn after removing the starch and the outside layers of the grain. It a by-product of corn starch and syrup production, or can be made by treating corn with enzymes.

Categories this ingredient falls under:

Vegetable: This is not a natural part of a ferret's diet, and may not be not well digested. A small amount of vegetables is typically needed to bind meat together in kibble, and vegetables are sometimes used to provide needed vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, vegetables are often added in larger amounts as 'filler' to reduce the ingredients cost for the manufacturer, so watch out for how high up on the ingredients list they appear.
Grain: This is a grain ingredient; it will likely be high in carbohydrates. Excessive intake of carbohydrates such as these may lead to diseases such as insulinoma in ferrets. Some people also report that grain sensitivities or allergies are common in pets.
Corn: Corn is one of the cheapest ingredients that can be added to a pet food, and as such it can often be an indicator of low quality. It is high in carbs, some people report that it is common for pets to have allergies or sensitivities to corn.
Vegetable Protein: Vegetable protein doesn't have the same amino acid balance that animal protein does, and may be less digestible to a carnivore. Don't be impressed by a food's high protein levels if it lists any vegetable proteins in its ingredients.

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