Julia Szabo from Dogster talks Olive Oil…
Olive oil, that staple of every kitchen, happens to make an excellent, healthful addition to every dog’s food bowl. I know I’m usually touting the benefits of coconut oil, which is another mainstay in my pantry, but let’s not forget the oil that comes from olives, too, which has its own fantastic advantages. In fact, why not mix things up? Rotate the oils you sweeten your dog’s food bowl with! I like to switch among olive, coconut, and (for the Omega 3 factor so key to senior dog vitality) fish oil by Nordic Naturals. Here are eight reasons to heart olive oil. Bone appetit!
1. It tastes doggone good
Few things perk up a boring bowl of dry kibble than a loving spoonful of what dog-loving celebrity chef Rachel Ray affectionately calls EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) — especially if your kibble might be, ahem, the tiniest bit stale. Add a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you’ve spiced your dog’s meal in grand style!
2. It helps the eater lose weight
Whether the portly pepperpot is canine or human, if there are some unwanted pounds that need shedding, olive oil will help grease the weight-loss engine. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil actually encourage pound-melting by breaking down the fat inside fat cells, to get rid of belly fat and reduce insulin sensitivity.
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Many thanks to Julia Szabo and Dogster for kind permission to feature their article – we thought that dog owners would like to know some of the nutritional reasons behind Stephen Salter adding extra virgin olive oil to Salters Dog Food. Stephen lived in Spain for a number of years and became a health convert to extra virgin olive oil. This became one of the fundamental ingredients of his dog food. More here if you’d like to read about the Health and Nutrition behind Salters.