Cook & feed your dog Buckwheat
Gluten-free buckwheat is known to help improve digestion, to help reduce inflammation, to lower blood pressure and to help control blood sugar levels in dogs.
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Buckwheat is dog-friendly!
Unrelated to wheat despite its name, buckwheat has been cultivated as a highly prized and nutritious food source for thousands of years. First cultivated in south east Asia some 8,000 years ago, it was amongst the first crops introduced to North America by European settlers.
Benefits of Buckwheat:
A novel source of occasional protein for dogs (and humans for that matter), buckwheat is grain and gluten-free and rich in complex carbohydrates, protein and dietary fibre.
Buckwheat is a rich source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 as well as being rich in magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It is also a good source of vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B9 (folate) together with iron, potassium and zinc.
Known to help improve digestion because it contains a flavonoid called rutin, buckwheat is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properies. It can also help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and help control blood sugar levels. So it’s ideal for diabetic dogs too!
Buckwheat is a considered superfood that can certainly benefit dogs providing it is cooked and fed in moderation.
We eat it ourselves. You can eat buckwheat as a snack, raw straight from the packet, or sprinkle it on to any kind of salad for an interesting, sweet and nutty crunch. Try it. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Preparing & Cooking:
Mix 1 cup of buckwheat with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce heat, simmer and cook until tender – generally about 10-12 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid and serve.
Add buckwheat groats to your saucepan and cook with other vegetables before adding to protein source and either serving or apportioning.
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Despite its name, buckwheat is totally unrelated to wheat, and is therefore both wheat and gluten-free. Believe it or not, it’s actually related to rhubarb!
Follow recipe guidelines to ensure moderation and to avoid digestive issues.
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