Edamame has become a super popular food for people worldwide. But how about for dogs? Can dogs eat edamame?
Read on and find out about your dog and edamame.
Can Dogs Eat Edamame?
The answer to that is yes, our dogs can eat edamame beans as a snack. But, as you’ll learn, it’s best not to give it to them too often.
Not only is edamame generally a safe snack for our dogs, it is also highly nutritious and healthy for them.
Edamame beans are rich in protein which can contribute to muscle development and tissue repair. They are also rich in calcium, which can strengthen the bones. They also contain omega-3 which gives them healthy skin and fur.
But that’s not all. Edamame is also rich in vitamin C which can boost their immune system, protecting them from diseases. It also contains a lot of dietary fiber which helps in regulating the digestive system.
Dogs and Soy Allergies
However, you do need to be careful here. One reason is that dogs are commonly allergic to soy products. So it is not best to give them too much or to feed them edamame regularly. Offer them small amounts instead.
Also, regularly eating soy may also increase the risks of thyroid and liver damage.
One more important thing here. It is best to avoid feeding them edamame beans with seasonings such as soy sauce or salt. The seasonings and salt can cause health issues for your doggo.
So, if you are going to give them edamame, it is best to serve in small amounts without seasonings whatsoever.
The Popularity of Edamame
Even though it is mainly found in East Asia where it originated, edamame has become a popular snack in western countries.
Many people love to eat these delicious soybeans, especially when they are shelled. Soybeans that are in shell are still immature and what we commonly call edamame.
Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans. They are different in color from regular soybeans. Soybeans are usually brown, tan, or beige, however, edamame beans are typically green.
Edamame beans are often purchased while they are still in their pods but you can also find them without the pods. Their pods are not to be eaten.
Edamame beans are also highly nutritious and they contain a lot of benefits. To start things off, they are packed with proteins. 155 grams of cooked edamame beans contain 18.5 grams of protein. They are also good food for people with high cholesterol levels as they can lower them. To add to that, edamame beans are also high in healthy fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K.
Dogs and Edamame
The bottom line here is that unseasoned/unsalted edamame is a safe, healthy occasional snack for most dogs. As long as your dog does not have a soy allergy, feel free to share some edamame with them!
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