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Can dogs eat broccoli

Updated on February 19, 2012

ASPCA has warned dog owners of the dangers of feeding the pet some human foods. This organization has come up with a list of the common foods toxic to dogs. Broccoli is one of the people foods on the list.

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Foods toxic to dogs

ASPCA has warned dog owners of the dangers of feeding the pet some human foods. This organization has come up with a list of the common foods toxic to dogs. Broccoli is one of the people foods on the list.

Broccoli…the miracle food

Broccoli is another wonder food…for humans. This dark green vegetable is a good source of fiber and loaded with vitamins A and C, calcium and folic acid. In humans, this vegetable that is a member of the cruciferous family is an excellent detoxifying food. Detoxification involves the removal of the body’s toxic substances through the blood stream. This vegetable also has excellent cholesterol-lowering capabilities. The glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin found in broccoli activate, neutralize and eliminate toxic substances from the body. Glucosinolates from broccoli has Isothiocyanates, the detox-regulating molecules that manages the detoxification process at the genetic level.

Isothiocyanate in Broccoli

Dogs do eat broccoli. In fact this dark green vegetable will be eaten by the dog with gusto. Broccoli though contains isothiocyanate. This toxic substance found in broccoli is what makes this vegetable toxic to dogs. The dog’s digestive system cannot process some human foods very well. Isothiocyanate can cause severe gastric irritation in dogs as this substance is a strong gastric irritant.

Broccoli and dogs

Broccoli per se is not poisonous to dogs. Dogs too would get the healthful benefits humans get from this vegetable. However, dogs process the food differently than humans thus an amount of food that is perfectly safe for humans to consume can already have poisonous effects on the dog. Such is the case of the broccoli. Gastrointestinal upset will occur if broccoli is more than 10% of the dog’s diet. The isothiocyante substance would have fatal effects on the dog if broccoli is more than 25% of the diet.

Healthful benefits of broccoli to dogs

Broccoli is a good source of soluble fiber thus inclusion of this vegetable in the dog’s diet will promote intestinal health. The antioxidants this veggie contains would effectively reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases. Broccoli is a rich source of bioflavonoids, the compound that helps in the prevention of cancer.

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