Healthy Foods for Pets, Dogs, Cats and Us
Health Benefits of Bananas for Pets, Dogs, Cats and Us
Bananas aren’t just for monkeys! Bananas are one of my favorite foods, and my dog, Dexter, loves his daily banana treats. You see, Dexter The Dog and I have an afternoon routine of sitting on the sofa and sharing a healthy, organic banana. He’s a little dog, so I give him about 4 bites.
My personal favorite thing about the banana is their ease of eating. I know that may sound strange, but I tend to be on the go, sitting at the computer, or traveling with Dexter. I find eating a banana is the easiest way for me to have a healthy snack full of vitamins and nutrients.
But just what makes a banana so healthy? Let me show you the way. Bananas have a nice amount of fiber called pectin, which makes you feel full, but they contain no fat, making them a healthy snack for someone on a diet or watching their weight.
Bananas are a heart-healthy food. Bananas contain both potassium and magnesium, which are important for good heart health. Potassium also controls blood pressure and aids in muscle health. This helps lead to a healthy kidney function and normal muscle functions. Bananas also have antioxidants, so this healthy snack is a great choice.
If you look at bananas through the eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the banana has even more benefits. In TCM, food is looked at as medicine, as it plays a huge role in our and our pets’ health and behavior.
In TCM, everything has an internal temperature: ourselves, food, the environment. Things are classified as cooling, neutral, or warming. Bananas are a cooling food and help cool our internal heat. For example, if you have a dog who is a hot dog (pants a lot, always seeks coolness, overreacts), you would want to feed that dog cooler foods to help ease his fire. Bananas may be a great choice for him, especially for a healthy dog treat.
Some of the healing properties of a banana include nourishing the intestines and adding moisture to the body, particularly the lungs and skin. But, like with anything, there are some precautions when eating bananas. Because bananas do contain carbohydrates, people and pets with diabetes should speak with their doctor or holistic veterinarian, because they will need to be counted in a diabetic meal plan.
Dexter The Dog and I love our daily banana treat and it is by far my favorite healthy road food snack.
Has your dog or cat enjoyed a healthy banana treat? Tell me in the comments.
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