Pet parents like me always wonder what foods I and my dog can both eat and share when I’m preparing a meal. We all know that not all human foods are safe to share with our fur baby, so it is right and advisable to do some research before feeding your dog human food.
Beans are good for the heart, it is a vegetable you and your dog can enjoy. But there are a lot of types of beans, keep reading so that you will find out what is the thing you need to know in feeding beans to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Beans?
The answer is YES, dogs can eat beans, you can include it in your dog’s healthy diet. Beans contain B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and iron, and can be great sources of protein, antioxidants, and fiber for your dog, it also helps regulate blood sugar.
However the more they eat Beans, the more they can get legitimately sick. It should not be feed as a substitute for meat, feeding only beans is bad for your dogs if it’s replacing meat in their diet it won’t give your dog the quality protein he/she needs. And as with most human foods, there are some beans that are strictly off-limits for dogs.
Types of Beans Dogs Can Have
Not all beans are created equal, some are NOT safe for your dog to eat. Below are some of the beans your dog can eat and enjoy:
- Black beans – are rich in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient, it support heart health. This fiber helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
- Green beans – Young and tender green beans are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K, and silicon (needed for healthy bones, skin, and hair).
- Lima/Butter beans – a good source of manganese, a vitamin that boosts the nervous system and brain health.
- Kidney beans – are an excellent plant-based source of protein. They’re also rich in various minerals, vitamins, fibers, antioxidants, and other unique plant compounds.
- Pinto beans – are excellent sources of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It improved blood sugar control and heart health. Pinto beans are also rich in various antioxidants and may help lower your risk of chronic disease.
- Lentils – are an excellent source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. They’re also a great source of plant-based protein and fiber.
- Garbanzo beans – or Chickpea is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it helps in improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.
- Navy beans – also known as haricot beans, are a great source of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals.
- Edamame – is rich in healthy fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K. It may reduce the risk of heart disease and improve the blood lipid profile.
- Soybeans – provide a plant-based protein source like vitamins and minerals that is crucial for reducing the risk of chronic disease.
Avoid adding seasonings to your dog food, and always cook beans thoroughly. Beans should not make up more than ten percent of your dog’s total calorie intake. Nutritionally balanced, high-quality dog food should be the basis of your pet’s diet, sprinkled with healthy, low-calorie treats.
Types of Beans Dogs Must Avoid
Unlike humans dogs cant have all kinds of beans, fur parents should not share all their food with their dogs. Avoid these beans to keep your dog safe:
- Fava beans (or broad beans) — can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain in dogs.
- Baked beans — are high in sugar, and also often contain tomatoes, onions, and garlic, which can be dangerous for dogs.
- Refried beans — contain preservatives and seasonings including garlic, salt, cumin, and chili powder that are not suited for a dog and puppies.
- Canned beans — are loaded with sodium and chemical preservatives.
- Chili beans — contain garlic, onions, and other spices that are bad for your dog.
- Coffee beans — can cause neurological damage and even death
- Raw red kidney beans — contain a toxin dangerous to dogs.
Don’t feed your dog raw beans because many raw beans contain the toxin Phytohaemagglutinin, also called kidney bean lectin, kidney beans contain the highest toxin levels. Always make sure to properly cook the beans before feeding to your dog, cooked beans also contain the toxin but in much lower and harmless levels.
Properly cooking beans will destroys enough of the toxin so that symptoms do not occur.
How to add beans to your dog’s diet
When adding beans to your dog’s diet, follow these key tips to do so safely:
- Always wash any beans well and cook thoroughly before serving to your dog.
- Green beans can be served fresh and raw with no problems to your dog.
- Ideally, mash beans before serving to your fur baby, except for green beans. Most dogs tend to not chew well, and mashing the beans aids in digestion and provides greater nutritional value.
- The best (and least expensive) way to serve beans is to purchase dried beans in bulk. Soak overnight and rinse several times before cooking. Avoid adding any seasonings to your dog’s beans—plain is best and safe. Cooking thoroughly and skipping on seasonings helps prevent gastrointestinal upset, bloating, and gas.
- When feeding canned beans, rinse in running water for three minutes before serving. A good rinsing routine can eliminate more than 40% of the sodium in canned beans, making this option a little healthier when in a pinch.
- If your dog is not too sure about developing a love of legumes, try mixing a new bean in with other tasty fruits and veggies he/she enjoys.
- Choose healthy recipes that you can incorporate with beans to add fiber, protein, and antioxidants to homemade dog treats.