It’s no secret that most dogs live a #blessed life. They get their own personal housekeeper, chef, and masseuse – and they don’t even have to pay taxes!
However, a dog’s life is not all belly rubs and napping. Canines must adhere to a stricter diet than humans (generally speaking) which means they miss out on great treats such as chocolate.
Fear not, dog owners! Chocolate has a dog-friendly cousin, carob, that can be substituted into recipes for your little pal. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this powerful bean.
A Bean by Any Other Name
Carob beans are typically ground down prior to being included in a recipe, such as in Farmly patties. This naturally sweet powder is an excellent replacement for chocolate in many recipes.
- Nutrient-Dense – Carob contains calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, as well as vitamins A, B and D.
- Ta-Ta Toxins – Unlike chocolate, carob is free from caffeine, fromamide, phenylthlamine and other dangerous-to-dog substances.
- Not Just a Sweet Bean – More than just a cocoa-replacer, carob is also hypoallergenic, a good source of fibre, pectin, and antioxidants, and it is low in fat, calories, and sodium.
Before you split your next carob bar with Rover, keep in mind that carob is best served to dogs in moderation.
- Sugar & Tannins – Carob is naturally sweet and too much can cause an upset stomach. The tannins found naturally in carob can also lower blood sugar and insulin levels.*
*Please consult with a veterinary professional if your pooch has any existing medical conditions before making any changes to their diet.