Dogs can eat lentils as long as they are not the staple of their diet and do not exceed the recommended amount.
Lentils belong to the legume family, which have been grown and eaten by man since the Neolithic. Thanks to their multiple properties, lentils are a source of protein that dogs can eat.
Properties of lentils
- High protein intake . Lentils contain about 25% protein in their composition, a percentage higher than that of other products of animal origin.
- High intake of complex carbohydrates , which the body uses by slowly transforming them into glucose for subsequent absorption. So lentils do not cause blood glucose spikes, which is very interesting for people with diabetes.
- They contain fiber . The fiber is also important in the diet of dogs: prevents constipation problems and also creates a feeling of satiety, a way to control obesity in dogs.
- Source of minerals and vitamins . Lentils contain a large amount of essential minerals for the diet, such as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium, as well as B vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6 and folic acid). In addition, they are famous for their iron content , a mineral that is best assimilated together with a food rich in vitamin C.