Benefits of quinoa for your dog
Posted on April 02 2018
Many times we have heard about something called quinoa, but ... do we know what it is? And, if we can eat it, can our dogs eat it?
Once known as the "gold of the Incas", this ancient ingredient is being rediscovered today thanks to its incredible healing properties. In addition to having a high protein index, quinoa is associated with the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer, functioning as a great antioxidant, and reducing the risk of diabetes.
It is a cereal that belongs to the family of spinach. When cooked, it is light, fluffy and has a pleasant flavor. It is used in many hypoallergenic foods. It is easy to prepare and there are a lot of recipes in which we can incorporate the quinoa into our daily life and that of our dogs.
So ... can my dog eat quinoa? Of course! As long as it is well prepared. You must rinse it very well, as it is coated with a layer of a chemical called Saponin that is toxic to both humans and dogs. Never give raw quinoa to your family or your pets.
How should I give it to him? Like any food, you have to introduce it little by little to avoid discomfort, to fall heavy or even have to deal with annoying diarrhea.
Why quinoa is good for dogs? It has many benefits for the health of our pets, for example:
- It is a vegetarian food that contains one of the highest levels of protein and essential amino acids. These two elements are necessary in your dog's diet.
- It is an excellent source of carbohydrates.
- Extremely low in fat, avoiding obesity.
- Very low in cholesterol.
- High fiber level
- It helps activate the cardiovascular system and helps prevent heart disease.
- Decreases the chance of developing diabetes
- Rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, niacin, thiamine, rivoflavin, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
- Rich in antioxidants that help prevent cancer
- It contains a complex mixture of carbohydrates that are necessary for your dog to eat to be physically active and maintain a constant and healthy level of energy during the day.
- It is an excellent source of Omega 3, helping to prevent inflammation. In conclusion, the quinoa is very good for your dog, as long as we give it in moderate quantities (remember that all excess is bad) and perfectly cooked.