About turnip greens
High in nutrients and low in calories, turnip greens are the dark green, cruciferous leaves and stem of the turnip.
Amazingly, few people will ever have heard of turnip greens. Even fewer will have heard of turnip greens for dogs. And yet the surprising thing is that turnip greens, the leaves that most people cut off and throw away, are actually the most nutrient dense part of this popular vegetable. More than that, in terms of nutrient density, it’s one of the most nutrient-rich plants on the planet!
Nutrients in turnip greens
Turnip greens rival broccoli and kale in terms of nurient density. They are a particularly rich soure of vitamin K as well as vitamins A, C and vitamin B9 (folate). They are also a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. And of course, being vegetable matter, they’re a rich source of fibre.
In human terms, a cup of turnip greens provides in excess of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. It also provides more than a third of the daily requirement of both vitamins A and C.
That means an awful lot of free nutrients for your dog, especially if you grow your own turnips as I do. Why? Because dogs love them and they come attached to every plant you grow!
Health benefits of turnip greens for dogs
Turnip greens can help protect against heart disease and hypertension. Their high vitamin A content can also be beneficial to a dog’s skin and coat. It can also be beneficial to your dog’s immune system.
They are also a good source of energy courtesy of their richness in iron, and, thanks to their high vitamin K content, help keep teeth and bones healthy. And they can even help protect against cancer and be of benefit to any dog suffering from canine diabetes.
How’s that for something most people will simply tear off and throw away. A leafy green that can help your dog lose weight and protect the cognitive function in senior dogs in addition to all the above.
I can tell you, as a canine nutritionist, I’m a huge fan of turnip greens. And if you really want to improve its health, tell me about your dog. I’ll work out how much homemade food he or she needs each day and send you a free dog food recipe to get you started.