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Carrots – you may be wasting your money

A lot of people feed carrots to their dogs. The wild carrot, queen Anne’s Lace, has an edible root but it is thin and stringy. We can still find and harvest it in many areas, including mine. By the 1300s much bigger purple carrots were cultivated in Europe, then white and yellow mutants were grown. 400 years ago, to honor the Netherlands House of Orange, two growers crossed a yellow and red. The resulting orange carrot caught on and became the most poplar variety. However, they are much less nutritious.

Purple/yellow carrots have 40 phenolics compared to 4 of orange, red and white. Even the orange does have health benefits, such as beta carotene, high fiber, low in calories and fat.

What can you do to maximize health benefits of carrots for yourself and your pets?

  1. Feed/eat the skins. Avoid the pre scraped and washed carrots
  2. Buy ones with green tops attached as they are fresher and you can puree the greens into the dog’s vegemix and make soup for yourself.
  3. Avoid frozen carrots as they have been skinned.
  4. Carrots are better for you (and pets) when cooked – breaks down cell walls to release more nutrients. However, do not boil – roast, steam or saute them with some fat, which increases nutrients.
  5. Look for purple carrots especially if you garden.

Of course, if what is available is orange – feed them. And if your dog loves to chew on whole raw carrots – definitely do that. When thinking of nutrition, follow the above steps.

By | 2015-12-29T09:21:44+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Healthy Animal's Journal|0 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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