I just discovered that the "grain free" Orijen food isn't!!!! They label it on the package as zea mays which is derived from corn silk and according to one dog food store owner this has been confirmed by Orijen who believes it is good for urinary tract health. I haven't checked this out on www.snopes.com
, but I really feel like they have duped a lot of customers.
Pass this one on!
Here's the explanation from Orijen:
Q: WHAT IS ZEA MAYS and WHY IS IT IN ORIJEN?
A: The Zea Mays in ORIJEN is CORN SILK which is actually classified
as an herb or botanical – not a grain. Corn Silk is NOT made from
grain but rather from filaments from the flowers of female corn
plant. This costly botanical features Maizenic Acid as an active
ingredient and is formulated in ORIJEN diets at 300mg/kg. As corn
silk does not contain corn starch or corn protein it poses
absolutely no risk to dogs that may have corn allergies.
Corn silk is used to treat urinary tract infections and kidney
stones and is regarded as a soothing diuretic useful for any
irritation of the urinary system (a common health problem in today's
companion dogs and cats). As corn silk is used as a kidney remedy
and in the regulation of fluids, this herb is believed to be helpful
in treating high blood pressure and water retention.
As a well known herbal remedy, corn silk is used to treat urinary
conditions in countries including the United Sates, China, Haiti,
Turkey, and Trinidad. Furthermore, in China, corn silk as a
component in an herbal formula is used to treat diabetes.