Can I feed raw Edamame (immature soybean) to my dog?
Yes, dogs can eat bright green vegetable edamame raw, frozen or steamed. But you must note not to add salt or any sauce with this vegetable while giving to your dog since salt and sauces are detrimental for the health of dog. Edamame shell is sometimes not liked or edible by pets so the young soybeans inside it need to be taken out and given to dogs as a protein rich diet.
What is Edamame?
Edamame is a soybean vegetable, mainly grown in East Asia, which is green in color and is harvested by hand. It is plucked before it is fully ripen. Since this vegetable is plucked young it is sweeter and tender in taste. It is served as an appetizer or starter in Japan.
It was first grown in China about 7000 years ago. In 1275 a Japanese monk had coined the term edamame when he was gifted this healthy soybean vegetable by a farmer. In the year 1923 this plant was first mentioned in United States in a book and its recipes and nutritional facts were known to people. Thereafter it became popular as a healthy vegetable option. In Europe this vegetable was sold as edamame in the year 2008 for the first time.
What are the nutrients in Edamame?
Edamame is a protein rich vegetable which is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, Manganese, Phosphorus, Foliate, Vitamin C and Calcium apart from high fiber content in it.
Each 100 gram serving of edamame contains 509 KJ of energy. Other main contents are proteins 10.88 grams, carbohydrates 9.94 grams, Fat 5.2 grams. Vitamin C is 6.1 mg and Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.9 mg per 100 gram serving.
What are the benefits of giving edamame to your dog?
Edamame helps in reducing risk of diabetes and obesity. It promotes shining skin and healthy hair growth in animals as well as humans alike. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol.
How to feed edamame to your dog?
Whenever you feed a new food item to your dog which is not a staple dog diets always try to give a very miniscule quantity of the new food item. If it suits your dog its fine and if it doesn’t suit, the miniscule quantity given to your four legged buddy will not create much havoc. Thus you may give only a very small quantity of edamame to your dog, say, two or three pods and see the reaction of your dog. If your dog likes the pods it will ask for more and if it dislikes it will not eat even if you try to persuade it.
Do not add any seasoning while preparing edamame for your dog as seasonings contain salt which is bad for dogs.
Are edamame pods toxic to your dog?
The shell of edamame is not toxic to your dog but it is hard to eat and digest. But you never know if your dog may like the shell as well, chew it and digest it well. So you may try to give the shell also by steaming it which will make it softer.
What will happen if my dog has eaten too much edamame?
If your dear pet happens to eat lot of edamame by mistake you need to monitor its health because anything in excess is bad for dogs as well as humans. Your dog may show symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting. If your dog is too restless you may immediately rush to a vet otherwise wait and watch.
Thus, you may give edamame to your dog in moderate quantities occasionally to add fiber and antioxidants in the diet of your dear furry friend. This diet will help the pet in reducing obesity and diabetes and will nourish its skin and hair due to its rich protein content.