We all know the routine our dog goes through whenever we sit down for a meal.
First, he puts on the sad puppy eyes look, and then he tries to get closer inch by inch until you either give in to his demands or finish your meal.
Even though he had a meal half an hour ago, he will still look at you like his belly has been empty for days and will eat whatever you give him.
But, as dog owners, we need to know what types of food our pup can eat and what he shouldn’t. Chocolate is a good example because most people know that it is a big no-no when it comes to our furry friends.
But are edamame beans good or bad for them?
Well, like with most things in life, nothing is black and white, and everything has pros and cons, but fear not, we are here to clarify all you need to know.
So, can you feed your dog edamame? The short answer is yes, you absolutely can! But as you will find out by reading this article, there are a few things to keep an eye on.
What exactly is edamame?
This amazing plant has been around in Asian cuisine for quite some time and is gaining more and more popularity all over the world.
It is a nutritious and healthy snack in the form of little green soybeans with numerous health benefits for people.
Edamame is, in fact, immature soybeans, and usually, they are consumed straight out of the pod after being boiled or steamed and tossed with salt or dipped in soy sauce.
While this is the best way for humans to enjoy this delicious snack, can we recommend the same for our furry four-legged friends?
Even though dogs can enjoy a treat in the form of this amazing plant, some ways of preparing it can do more harm than good.
What are the nutrition facts of edamame?
Some of the benefits of this tasty vegetable are the following:
1. It is full of protein, which helps both humans and dogs stay active throughout the day. This also helps in muscle building.
2. It contains a high amount of beneficial polyunsaturated fats that are typically in deficit in human as well as dog food.
3. It is a good source of iron (one cup of young beans delivers up to 13% iron)
4. This plant’s pods have a very high fiber content, which means your dog will feel full without the unnecessary calories. This will significantly lower the risk of obesity in your dog.
5. It contains a high amount of calcium, which is crucial for a dog’s bone and teeth development.
6. It has omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to good skin and hair but, more importantly, low cholesterol.
7. Edamame contains more folate than mature soybeans and boosts overall mental health and energy.
8. It is also rich in vitamin C and A, along with many other vitamins.
9. And last but not least – Edamame does not contain sugar! This vegetable will not damage your dog’s teeth, and you do not have to worry about it developing a chronic disease like diabetes.
Potential hazards of feeding edamame to your dog
As much as edamame can be a real healthy treat, you should be aware of a few things before giving them to your dog.
For instance, some dogs are allergic to soy, and if your dog is one of them, this plant is certainly not an option in their diet.
If you do not know whether your dog is allergic to soy or not, it is recommended that you only give them two beans the first time.
The side effects of a soy allergy can be diarrhea, excessive gas, constipation, or vomiting.
If you notice any of these symptoms or any other behavioral change in your pup, you should not give them any more beans and consult your vet.
Other symptoms may include hair loss, excessive licking, or even ear infections.
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On the other hand, if your dog doesn’t have any allergic reaction to soy, then it is safe to say that the health risks of feeding edamame to your dog are negligible, with proper preparation of the beans, of course.
That being said, these plants are still soy products, and studies have shown that dogs can suffer from liver and thyroid damage if fed too much of them. So you might consider giving them as dog treats from time to time rather than a full meal.
Other health issues can come from the pods (shells) of the plant. They can damage the inner wall of your pup’s stomach, resulting in pain and complications.
The problems can be more severe for smaller dogs as they will struggle to swallow/digest the plant’s thick and rough pods. In the worst-case scenario, it can lead to a complete blockage of the digestive system.
How can dogs eat edamame?
There are many ways to feed your dog edamame beans, and we will go through some of them.
The important thing to remember is that you should not give them processed products as they will contain additives and salt, which might be tasty to you, but can be pretty harmful to your pup.
Can dogs eat edamame shells?
Due to its thick and rough texture, edamame shells can be a problem for some dogs.
So the answer is no, dogs should not eat the plant’s shells/pods as they can lead to diarrhea, other stomach problems, or even choking.
Can dogs eat fried edamame?
This is considered to be a bit too fatty for dogs. Frying usually involves oil or other products that could give your dog bad cholesterol and cause pancreatic cancer.
Also, frying something usually kills its beneficial properties, so this way might be good for human food, but don’t use it in your dog’s diet.
Can you feed your dog baked edamame?
When it comes to baking these veggies, it can be a bit of a problem. The structure of the beans is not well suited for baking. Since it would have to include flour, water, and butter to be baked, it is generally not a good idea to give to your dog.
Can dogs eat raw edamame?
Fried and baked edamame may not be a good idea, but it is perfectly fine for dogs in its raw form. It is the most common way you will find them in the grocery store, and you can prepare them with ease.
There are two ways to prepare this healthy dish for your dog:
1. The first one is that you remove the string-like back of each bean pod, wash the pods and feed them to your dog.
2. The second one requires you to open the pods and remove the beans. Add the beans to your dog’s dish and watch them happily eat it up.
Should you feed frozen or steamed edamame to your dog?
Although it is perfectly safe to feed your dog frozen beans, the pod should be avoided. It is thick and rough enough even in its raw form.
Take the beans out of the shell and mix them with some canned food for the best experience. You can even give them a bean or two on a hot summer’s day for a little frozen treat!
As for the steamed version, there is no particular problem. Steaming edamame will make it soft and tender, which your dog will love. Just remember to take out the stringy part of the pod.
Let’s wrap up what we’ve learned
Edamame can be a powerful supplement to your dog’s diet if given correctly.
First of all, you have to be aware of potential allergic reactions to soy products. If your dog has any history of problems, it is recommended that you stay away from this vegetable.
Secondly, you have to keep in mind that moderation is key. If you give your pup too much of this tasty bean, the issues will outweigh the benefits, and your dog will suffer in some ways.
And lastly, do not mix edamame with other vegetables as it can lead to serious problems, especially if you combine it with onions or garlic.
It seems that we’ve listed only the hazardous side of this wonderful plant, but it is crucial that you understand everything that could go wrong before giving it to your dog as a treat.
That being said, edamame’s health benefits are numerous, and you should consider dropping a few of them in your dog’s dish from time to time.
If you abide by these rules, your dog will live a normal and healthy life and be a joyful companion to you and your family.