Question : I heard that sweet potatoes are good for dogs. Is this true and if so, what are the benefits?
Answer: September is the fall harvest time for sweet potatoes and as such, questions come in asking for reassurance that sweet potatoes are an acceptable diet ingredient for dogs. You may be surprised to know that the answer to this question is both yes and no.
This vegetable ingredient is commonly used as an acceptable filler source – one that normally doesn’t cause stomach upset or other digestion problems. Sweet potatoes have much more nutrition than regular potatoes. They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food. They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.
However, there are a few things to be cautious of when using sweet potatoes as an ingredient in your pet’s diet. A sweet potato is full of starch so weight gain is a possibility if too much is fed. Another thing to be weary of is that the skin of the sweet potato could contain harmful chemicals if moldy. Be sure to inspect all sweet potatoes to prevent feeding a moldy sweet potato to your dog and make sure to use them sparingly.
Notable Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine