Cook & feed your dog Haricot Beans
Haricot Beans for Dogs
Rich in fibre and protein, gluten-free haricot beans make a tasty, highly nutritious, low calorie, low fat snack, ideal for any dog who is overweight or who suffers from diabetes.
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Haricot Beans are dog-friendly!
About Haricot Beans:
A small, white variety of the common bean native to the Americas, the haricot bean is known as the navy bean in the United States where it has been a staple food of seagoing servicemen since the 1800s.
It is also the bean used in baked beans – which does not mean you can feed your dog baked beans which contain all sorts of nasties positively detrimental to the health of dogs like an excess of sugar and salt amongst many other undesirables.
Benefits of Haricot Beans:
Haricot beans are high in protein and are a particularly good source of B vitamins, in particular vitamins B1, B6 and B9. They are also a rich source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, while being a good source of calcium and selenium.
Low in fat, sugar, cholesterol and calories but high in fibre and protein, haricot beans are packed with beneficial antioxidants. They can help a maintain a healthy immune system, are good for cognitive function thanks to their richness in vitamin B1, and can help maintain a healthy heart and reduce the risk of any kind of coronary problem. They can also help regulate blood sugar levels, making them ideal for any dog suffering from diabetes.
Preparing & Cooking:
Soak your dog’s haricot beans overnight and rinse thoroughly before cooking without salt or seasoning.
Add the occasional handful of cooked, dried, haricot beans to your dog’s regular meals.
While they cannot permanently replace more appropriate, species-specific sources of protein such as meat and fish, low-fat, protein-rich haricot beans, combined with brown rice, will help an overweight dog feel fuller, for longer. With your vet’s approval, providing one such meal per week should help your dog, over time, to regain control of his or her weight.
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Only feed your dog cooked, dried, haricot beans. Raw haricot beans are toxic to dogs.
Do not feed your dog tinned haricot beans which may well contain added salt or sugar. The same goes for baked beans as mentioned above.
Follow recipe guidelines to ensure moderation and to avoid digestive issues.
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