About mung bean sprouts
You won’t be surprised to hear that mung bean sprouts (or simply bean sprouts) are a culinary vegetable produced by sprouting mung beans. You might however be surprised to learn about mung bean sprouts for dogs so please read on to learn more.
Mung beans themselves are a plant species within the legume family. They’re a staple food in Asia and the Indian subcontinent where the plant was first cultivated thousands of years ago.
Nutrients in mung bean sprouts
Mung bean sprouts possess a wide array of beneficial vitamins and minerals. These include modest amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, along with vitamin C and E. They’re a particularly rich source of vitamin K, which helps keep bones healthy and blood clotting efficiently.
They also contain modest amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Benefits of mung bean sprouts for dogs
Bean sprouts for dogs offer our constant canine companions numerous health benefits. These include being beneficial to the immune system and helping to prevent such health problems as kidney and liver disease. They also assist with cell growth and help protect against allergies. These in addition to adding protein and fibre to your dog’s diet and, on top of all that, giving your best friend much needed variety.
Mung beans spouts are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them an ideal protein source for any dog fed a plant-based diet.
Mung bean sprouts in homemade dog food
As a canine nutritionist, I am greatly in favour of feeding dogs mung bean sprouts. I regularly add them to the home cooked meals of my two dogs. They pack a real nutritional punch, they help add variety to homemade dog food, and dogs love them. What’s not to like!