Feeding your dog healthy grains

Why adding healthy grain to your dogs diet

Amaranth’s Health Benefits

Amaranth  contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.  It’s also the only grain documented to contain Vitamin C. It’s a protein powerhouse.  At about 13-14%, it easily trumps the protein content of most other grains.  You may hear the protein in amaranth referred to as “complete” because it contains lysine, an amino acid missing or negligible in many grains.

Naturally gluten-free.  Gluten is the major protein in many grains and is responsible for the elasticity in dough, allows for leavening, and contributes chewiness to baked products.

Health Benefits of Barley

Barley is highest in fiber of all the whole grains,at about 17% fiber, and some, such as the variety called Prowashonupana barley having up to 30% fiber! (For comparison, brown rice contains 3.5% fiber, corn about 7%, oats 10% and wheat about 12%.) Whole grain barley is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential to health, too.

Buckwheat Health Benefits

Buckwheat contains higher levels of zinc, copper, and manganese than other cereal grains, and the bioavailability of zinc, copper, and potassium from buckwheat is also quite high. Potassium helps to maintain the water and acid balance in blood and tissue cells, zinc helps to bolster the immune system. Buckwheat also provides a very high level of protein, second highest only to oats. Not only is buckwheat protein well-balanced and rich in lysine, its amino acid score is 100, which is one of the highest amino acid scores among plant sources as well.

And the buck doesn’t stop there. Additional health benefits have been charted in buckwheat protein isolate, thought to be a useful functional food ingredient to treat hypertension, obesity, and constipation. Even on the molecular level, in sprout form, or taken as extracts from either the groat or the hull, buckwheat’s benefits abound. Close examination of buckwheat’s flavonoid compounds (naturally occurring plant pigments in red, purple-red, and purple) reveals groats contain rutin, a particular bioflavonoid thought to help control blood pressure as well as to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. And it’s a naturally gluten-free whole grain.

Health Benefits of Millet

 Millet is a gluten-free grain that’s high in antioxidant activity, and also especially high in magnesium, a mineral that helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function. For many years, little research was done on the health benefits of millets, but recently they have been “rediscovered” by researchers, who have found millets helpful in controlling diabetes and inflammation.

Health Benefits of Oats

Oats contain unique antioxidant compounds called avenanthramides. A long name, but it does wonders for the body by fighting harmful free radicals that cause diseases such as cancers. Oats go the best with foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges for example because the antioxidants act in synergy with the vitamin to prevent protection of the good cholesterol against oxidation (free radicals caused damage).

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is known as an “ancient grain,” Quinoa is one of the most powerful super-foods in the world offering many incredible health benefits, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This is a South American native crop and it’s only beginning to gain worldwide popularity. It contains many healthy fats and lots of protein and 100 grams of quinoa contains 368 calories. As for the protein content, there are approximately 14 to 18 grams of protein in 100 grams of quinoa which is pretty high for a seed. Quinoa is gluten free.

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