Lentils date back more than 10,000 years to ancient West Asia. To this day, they're still regarded as a healthy, protein-packed superfood known to help with high cholesterol and energy levels.
In addition to their vast array of nutrients, lentils are touted as an excellent food for digestive health. A scientific research article from 2012 titled, "Lentil (Lens culinaris L.): A prebiotic-rich whole food legume" highlights just how healthy lentils are for your gut.
Instead of the more commonly known "probiotics," lentils contain "prebiotics." A prebiotic is defined as "a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microflora that confers benefits upon host well-being and health” (Roberfroid, 2007).
The study dives into ten different types of lentils and the prebiotic starch content of each, concluding that "prebiotic carbohydrates are important components of healthy diets, supporting beneficial hindgut microflora. Total prebiotic carbohydrate concentrations suggest that a 100 g serving of lentils may provide over 13 g of prebiotics."
Lentils for Dogs
If you check the panel of your pup's v-dog kibble bag, you'll notice that we use lentils in the first significant chunk of ingredients in our formula. At v-dog, we know dogs are omnivores and can benefit from nutrient-dense plant foods just like we can. Since 2005, we've seen thousands of sensitive dogs thrive on our complete and balanced formula. We use easily-digestible ingredients like lentils and peas that help your dog's sensitive digestive balance.
If your dog loves lentils, or to give your pup a try for the first time, cook some up according to the package's instructions (be sure not to use onions) and sprinkle a tablespoon of the cooked lentils on top of their v-dog dinner...yum!
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