Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?
After a short break, it is time to resume our dog food ingredients series where we walk through the alphabet and pick a pet food ingredient to analyze. Today’s ingredient is Blueberry.
What are Blueberries?
According to Wikipedia, blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries from the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium (a genus that also includes cranberries and bilberries). Blueberries are native to North America and most of the commercially sold blueberries come from this continent.
Common names for Blueberries
There aren’t many alternative names for blueberries although some examples include Alaskan blueberry, hillside blueberry, and southern blueberry.
Why are Blueberries included in dog food?
Blueberries are considered to be a ‘super food’ and are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Blueberries also are a healthy way to add sweetness to the food and are preferable to added sugar.
Are Blueberries a commonly used ingredient in dog food?
Blueberries are a fairly common dog food ingredient. They are present in over 25% of all dog foods.
Common benefits or risks of Blueberries
- Blueberries contain, among many others, the Vitamins A, C, K, and the mineral Manganese.
- Blueberries contain substances known as flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage and reduce inflammation.
- There have been many studies done on the health benefits of blueberries. As reported in Everyday Health, flavonoids have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. Studies have also shown that eating berries can help keep the brain functioning well as the body ages.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Blueberries get the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to their many extraordinary benefits.
Miscellaneous facts about Blueberries
Blueberries contain about 85 calories and 21 grams of carbohydrates per cup (8 ounces).
Violet Beauregard overdosed on blueberry flavored gum at the Willie Wonka Chocolate factory in the world famous movie.
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