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WHAT PLANTS TO FEED AND HOW

 

Whether or not to feed plant matter can be a hotly contested subject, mind you, we don't really understand why given adding a small amount of plant matter (up to approx. 20%) of the dogs meal can offer plenty of health benefits such as disease-fighting properties & feeding the good bacteria in the digestive system.  Our dog's ancestors absolutely ate plant matter whether it was via grazing, from the digestive tracts of their prey or from scavenging - there is no reason imo to restrict health food to our dogs based on emotions tied to what people think wolves did or didn't eat unless medically indicated.

 

Plant Matter to Consider:           

If the plant matter you would like to feed is not mentioned here, that does not mean it isn’t a safe ingredient, please research to learn more.  We have included the most common and also ones that may have a more defined purpose such as a pre-biotic or disease-fighting etc,
 

  • Artichokes

  • Asparagus - Pre-biotic (contains 5% prebiotic content)

  • Banana - Pre-biotic (contains 1% prebiotic content. Green bananas and plantains contain up to 3% prebiotic fibre)

  • Beetroot – Pre-biotic

  • Blackberries - Pre-biotic (contain from 1 to 3% prebiotic content)

  • Blueberry

  • Bok Choy

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage - Pre-biotic (contain 1% to 2% prebiotic content)

  • Cantaloupe

  • Carrot - Pre-Biotic (contain 1% to 2% prebiotic content)

  • Cauliflower

  • Dandelion Greens - Pre-biotic (contain 24.3% prebiotic content)

  • Egg Plant

  • Flaxseeds - Pre-biotic (contains 13% prebiotic content)

  • Jerusalem Artichoke - Pre-biotic (contains 31.5% prebiotic content)

  • Kelp

  • Kiwi Fruit

  • Mangoes

  • Oats (well-cooked or soaked) – Pre-biotic (contains 2% to 5% prebiotic content)

  • Papayas

  • Parsley

  • Pineapple

  • Pomegranates

  • Pumpkin (Cooked) - Pre-biotic

  • Seaweed - Pre-biotic

  • Spirulina

  • Strawberries - Pre-biotic (contain from 1 to 3% prebiotic content)

  • Sweet Potato - Pre-biotic (contain 2% to 7% prebiotic content)

  • Turnip

  • Zucchini
     

Highly nutritious foods to add where possible:

  • Blueberries Pre-biotic (contain from 1 to 3% prebiotic content)

  • Cranberries

  • Curcumin (You can make Golden Paste with as a home-made joint formula)

  • Kelp

  • Medicinal mushrooms

  • Milk Thistle

  • Pomegranates

  • Spirulina

 

Plant matter we suggest you avoid unless it is organic as the pesticide levels are very high:

  • Apples - Pre-biotic (contain 1% to 2% prebiotic content)

  • Celery

  • Peaches

  • Nectarines

  • Cucumbers

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Potatoes

  • Kale/Collard greens

 

 

References
Culturedfoodlife