Can Dogs Eat Lima Beans
Here's an interesting question sent in by one of our Dog Spoiling visitors:
Can dogs eat Lima Beans?
Answer From the Editors at Dog-Spoiling
Yes, dogs can most certainly eat Lima beans as well as other types of legumes. Limas, also known as Butter Beans, are available both fresh and green, as well as dried when they take on a light beige color.
Beans provide a considerable amount of protein - a vital ingredient in a dog's diet.
How much protein depends on the type of legume, but to give you an idea: soybeans provide almost 10 grams per ounce, while Lima beans have a little over 5 grams per ounce.
Lentils on the other hand have about 7 grams per ounce and these can also be sprouted from seeds.
The Lima bean contains a significant amount of fiber which helps keep blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after meals - making them a good addition to the diet of diabetic pets.
In addition, Limas are also fat free, a good source of iron and have a nice, quite buttery taste.
Beans and rice when added to any recipe contribute a significant amount of useful protein and are an ideal addition for a pet on a vegan diet.
Because dogs have shorter digestive tracts, these and other beans are best cooked and even pureed.
They can easily be added to homemade dog food. In fact I have a tasty recipe for pets that has Lima beans along with rice and meat. There are various ways to cook Lima beans, here's one way:
To 4 cups of boiling water, add one cup dry beans that have been picked over and well rinsed.
Boil for 3 minutes; remove from heat and let stand (covered) for approximately one hour. Drain off the cooking water and rinse before using.If your dog gets gassy after eating beans
, try this:
pre-soak them in water for three hours, bring water to a boil then simmer for half an hour, drain and replace water and continue cooking at a simmer until done - about another 30 minutes. Discard water and rinse.
This last method helps reduce the starchy sugars that contribute to gas. Or, you can also add an anti-gas probiotic supplement
, which also do wonders for overall health.
We hope this information has been of help to you and others.
Comments from our visitors who have first hand knowledge of including beans in their dog's diet, are very welcome.