The Short Answer is:
You might want to consider feeding your dog baby corn. It contains plenty of nutrients, is high in fiber, and is relatively low in calories, so the next time you are at the grocery store, pick some up.
The purpose of this article is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Baby Corn?“.
- Can dogs have baby corn?
- What are the nutritional values of baby corn?
- Too much salt is bad for your dog
- Can a dog choke on baby corn?
- How much baby corn should I feed to my dog?
- Can Dogs Eat Baby Corn? (Watch Video)
Sweetcorn or fresh corn is also grown from the same seed as baby corn.
The husk is picked very soon after the leaves sprout.
Baby corn is harvested after the corn silks emerge and when the stalks are between 8cm – 10cm long.
There is no information online that tells me how long it takes to reach this stage.
The majority of baby corn grown around the world is grown in Asia especially in Thailand.
The term candle corn is also used here.
US grocery stores rarely stock fresh baby corn even though we are one of the worlds largest corn producers!
Can dogs have baby corn?
You might want to consider feeding your dog baby corn.
It contains plenty of nutrients is high in fiber and is relatively low in calories so next time you are at the grocery store pick some up.
If you live in the United States you are more likely to buy baby corn in a can rather than fresh.
If this is the case then you will need to buy the no added salt version.
I would like to examine the nutritional value of baby corn first.
What are the nutritional values of baby corn?
Before I start this section let me tell you a fun fact.
I live in the United Kingdom and the baby corn we buy here is usually fresh.
As I was doing some research for this article I naturally assumed that the same held true in the United States.
By all accounts most of you get your baby corn in cans and it is very hard to find fresh corn.
Baby corn is an excellent source of nutrition for your dog.
To make the information easier to understand I have created a table.
|This serving contains 23 calories|
The following statistics are based on a 100 gram serving of baby corn.
It is remarkably low in calories and fat-free
Another advantage is that it contains 2.7 g of fiber.
Dogs’ digestive systems are very healthy when they consume enough fiber.
In addition to that there is more.
It is also said that fiber helps food to digest more slowly thereby reducing hunger pangs.
It seems thats the case at least for humans and lets hope the same holds true for our dogs!
However theres more.
In addition to vitamins A and C baby corn also contains iron.
Your dogs immune system will be boosted by both vitamins A and C.
Even though dogs make their own vitamin C giving them a little extra now and then would not harm them at all.
During your dogs lifetime iron helps maintain healthy red blood cells that transport oxygen throughout the body.
Too much salt is bad for your dog
Sodium is one of the values in the table above that is quite concerning.
Preserving canned goods with salt makes them last longer.
Sadly it does little to improve the health of a dog or a person.
Salt increases blood pressure when consumed in excess.
You might want to buy a variety of your baby food that does not contain added salt if you only have access to canned foods.
Be sure to thoroughly rinse the baby corn before feeding it to your dog if you can not.
Fresh baby corn does not have any sodium in it if you can get your hands on it.
Please find a screenshot of the nutritional information for fresh baby corn below which clearly shows that it contains only a very small amount of sodium.
After examining quite a bit of detail about the nutrition in baby corn in the next section I would like to compare it to its older brother corn on the cob.
How does baby corn differ from sweetcorn?
Another of my charts is below.
|Fat||0 g||1.2 g|
|Sodium||273 mg||0 g|
|Carbs||4.6 g||22 g|
|Fiber||2.7 g||2.4 g|
|Protein||0.9 g||3.5 g|
I’m quite surprised at how different they are.
Particularly regarding the number of calories and carbs.
Sweet corn has 5 times the calories and 5 times the carbs as regular corn.
It may be splitting hairs to say that baby corn is a healthier option than its big brother sweet corn.
Can a dog choke on baby corn?
Traditionally dogs should not be fed corn on the cob because they could choke on the husk.
What are the risks of your dog choking on baby corn?
In my opinion baby corn is a safer food to feed your dog for two reasons.
Firstly it has to do with size. Baby corn is much smaller than corn on the cob.
Secondly the husks on a baby corn half are softer and more tender.
After they are swallowed they are far less likely to get stuck in a dogs throat or somewhere within their intestines.
In the end it just depends on the individual dog.
Sharing an apple with my dogs this morning was a lovely moment for me.
Our older dog wolfed it down as if she hadnot eaten for days while our baby dog took tiny bites out of it as if it was dog caviar!
Depending on your dog of course!
I am going to talk about something disgusting that you may have noticed if your dog eats sweet corn.
That is how easy it is for our dogs to digest baby corn.
Can dogs digest baby corn?
Humans and dogs struggle to digest sweetcorn completely which is why it very often ends up in our stools.
Its nothing to be concerned about.
This does not mean that anything is wrong with your dogs digestion or that sweetcorn in any way harms him.
Just goes to show that sweetcorn contains a lot of fiber.
The good news for baby corn lovers is that the husk is much softer than its big brother so the corn and the husk should be completely digestible.
Thats great stuff!
How should I prepare baby corn for my dog?
You should always rinse your baby corn if it is from a can that has a lot of salt added to it.
You would not get rid of all of the added salt but you’ll get rid of some of it.
Then you should be good to go.
In any case baby corn from a can will be partially cooked and will therefore be soft enough to be fed raw to your dog.
You can steam them for 5 minutes if you are more comfortable with that method.
The softening process will make them easier to digest.
Their aromas will have been unlocked by heating them up making them even more irresistible to your dog.
How much baby corn should I feed to my dog?
No matter what we feed our dogs they should be on a complete and balanced diet.
The rest of our dogs diet should be considered a bonus and should be kept to a minimum.
When it comes to baby corn do not go crazy.
A small breed dog may need as little as one a day and a larger breed dog may need as many as four or five.
Donot get caught up in the moment and consider feeding your dog baby corn forever and ever.
Dogs need variety in their diet and there are many vegetables that you can include in their diet.