Broccoli belong to a group of so called functional foods. These are foods that have a positive impact in our health. In the case of Broccoli, the benefits have been shown to occur both in humans and also in dogs:
1. Is good for a healthy gut: broccoli contain certain small molecules (called isothiocyanates) that have antimicrobial effects against pathogenic bacteria and fungi, and therefore help maintain a healthy gut. Broccoli is also a good source of fiber, which further contributes to a healthy gut and colon.
2. Has anti-cancer properties: broccoli contain sulforaphane, that is a phytochemical known to have a protective function against different types of cancer.
3. Is a source of antioxidants: broccoli contain a great cocktail of antioxidants including Vitamin C, carotenoids, tocopherol and phenolics. Antioxidants play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and mental performance.
4. Is a Source of vitamins and minerals: besides Vitamin C, broccoli are also a good source of vitamin K (essential for a healthy blood) and vitamins B1 and B2 (important for energy production).
How to prepare & serve it to your dog:
To preserve nutrients, steam or boil a few broccoli florets for 3-5 minute but don’t overcook. Let the broccoli cool down, cut it in small pieces and serve alone, as a treat, or part of a meal and in combination with other ingredients. Like everything else, serve in moderation. The amount of broccoli in your dog’s diet should be less than 10% of the total daily food intake. Avoid the broccoli stalks as these can cause obstruction in the esophagus and also be hard to digest.
At LOONAWELL, we only use functional ingredients in our recipes and now you know why we are big fans of broccoli! Stop by our webshop, have a look at our Happy Tummy treats, and invite your dog to a healthy, nutritious and crunchy moment.
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