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Can Dogs Eat Lima Beans

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Lima Beans

Lima Beans

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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.

Nutrition Facts

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.

Cooking Tips

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.

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Rocky luvs lima beans!
by: Char Kelley

Just gave my Amstaff terrier lima beans for the first time with boiled chicken and white rice mixed with a handful of dry food...hope he doesn't get too gassy...will mash them next time.

Camellia Large Lima Beans
by: Anonymous

Twelve year old GSD loves Camellia LARGE LIMA beans, collard greens, and cornbread!

Slow cook Camellia Large Lima beans with smoked turkey legs. Serve beans, turkey, and broth over dry kibble.

A little homemade skillet cornbread as dessert.

Lima beans
by: Anonymous

Cooked up some mixed veggies that included Lima beans which I hate lol. Fed some to my german shepherd on top of her regular dry food and she loved them!! Left her very gassy though, but I'll keep giving them to her as long as they are healthy for her.

Lima beans
by: Anonymous

Both my English setter and rescue Bichon Frise love lima beans ! Had them for the first time tonight will see how they do. They would have eaten the whole bowl if i let them!

Lima Bean digestion
by: Anonymous

My dog loves them too. But they pass through him whole, so we mashed them and still see them in his stools. I then pureed them and am not sure he gets nutrients from them as his stools are so frequent and large. He is on a vegetable diet due to food allergies.

Lima Bean Bonanza
by: Anonymous

My dog loves lima beans!

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