Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?
Moving on to the letter “O” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the use of olive oil in dog food.
What is Olive Oil?
Common names for Olive Oil
In dog food, we have not seen any other names besides olive oil. In human foods, there are several grades including the popular extra-virgin and virgin olive oils.
Why is Olive Oil in Dog Food?
Olive oil provides many health benefits (see below). It is most likely added to dog food to enhance the taste of the food as well as to provide support for healthy skin and coat.
Is Olive Oil Commonly Used in Dog Food?
Olive oil is present in about 4 ¼ % of all dog foods. It is far more common in wet food than in dry. 81% of the dog foods containing olive oil were wet, while only 19% were dry.
Common Benefits or Risks of Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) which are considered a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fats and trans fats, which are considered unhealthy. MUFAs can help lower cholesterol and control insulin levels in the body.
Olive oil is full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect the body’s cells from damage. Certain polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil is often used to help treat dry itchy skin and can help improve the moisture and shine in a dog’s coat.
Olive oil is linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and it is a main component of the Mediterranean Diet.
As reported on CNN, there have been numerous studies examining the health benefits of the polyphenols in olive oil on bone and digestive health as well as cancer prevention. Other research is examining the role olive oil can play in improving cognitive function and memory.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Olive oil is a healthy ingredient to have in a dog food recipe and it gets the SlimDoggy Happy rating.
Miscellaneous facts about Natural Flavor
One tablespoon of olive oil contains about 120 calories and 31.5 grams of fat.
According to Wikipedia, Span and Italy are the highest producers of olive oil in the world, accounting for about 60% of the world’s production as of 2009.
Sources and further reading
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