Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?
What is Kale?
Kale, sometimes classified as a “superfood”, is a leafy green vegetable. It is found in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.
Common names for Kale
Kale is sometimes referred to by the specific type of kale such as curly-leaf (aka scots kale), plain-leaf kale. A popular variety is known as dinosaur kale.
Why is Kale in Dog Food?
Kale is added to dog food because of it is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K as well as the minerals copper, potassium and iron to name a few.
Is Kale Commonly Used in Dog Food?
Kale is becoming increasingly popular as a dog food ingredient, but it is still not found on most recipes. It is included in about 2.5% of all dog foods.
Common Benefits or Risks of Kale
Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients. Some research has shown that Kale can be effective in helping prevent some forms of cancer, including colon and bladder cancer.
Kale is also rich in lutein which supports eye-health.
Kale contains oxalates that interfere with the absorption of calcium. Make sure your dog has enough calcium if they are on a diet rich in kale.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Kale is a healthy food ingredient and an abundant source of vitamins and minerals. We give the ingredient a Smiley Face rating.
Miscellaneous facts about Kale:
One cup of kale contains 33 calories and almost 3 grams of protein
According to Wikipedia, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in all of Europe until the end of the Middle Ages.
Sources and further reading
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