Korean sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s packed with antioxidants, heart-healthy minerals, and immune-boosting vitamins. Not only that, these deliciously sweet root veggies are high in fiber and have only trace amounts of fat. But do these nutritional benefits translate for dogs? You bet! Here’s a look at what makes the Korean sweet potato one of the best vegetables to incorporate into your dog’s diet.
Brain and Immune System Booster
Korean sweet potatoes are a rich source of B vitamins, which are critical for proper brain and nervous system function. These include:
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B6
Rich in Antioxidants
We all know antioxidants are good for us. But why? One reason is that antioxidants keep free radicals in check. Free radicals are molecules that can cause oxidation in your body. Too much oxidative stress can lead to a host of diseases and premature aging.
Korean sweet potatoes have potent antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. These antioxidants include:
- Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Polyphenols (the good stuff in red wine)
Minerals for Heart Health
Korean sweet potatoes also contain the following minerals that help regulate blood pressure and maintain strong, healthy heart function:
Great for Weight Loss and Diabetics
Despite their naturally rich, sweet flavor, Korean sweet potatoes are a low-glycemic carbohydrate, so they won’t send blood glucose levels skyrocketing. Low-glycemic carbs are slowly digested and absorbed by your body. These types of foods help with weight loss, managing diabetes, and lowering the risk of heart disease and other health problems.
OK, so this all sounds great, you might think. But now the question is, will my dog eat it?
A Taste and Flavor Dogs Love
We’ll bet your dog loves Korean sweet potato! What makes the Korean variety so appealing (to both dogs and us humans) is its deliciously sweet flavor and velvety texture. Whenever we roast a few Korean sweet potatoes, our two Boxer-Pitbull-Rottie mixes are sure to start drooling then park themselves right in front of the toaster oven. Never mind they’ll be waiting a good 40 minutes for those tasty tubers to roast to perfection.
Our original four-legged fanatic of Korean sweet potato was Lucy, a Maltese who lived to be 17 years old and was the fussiest eater you’d ever met. It was her all-time favorite snack and meal topper.
How to Safely Add Korean Sweet Potato to Your Dog’s Diet
As with any new food, you’ll want to slowly introduce Korean sweet potato to your dog’s diet. Since Korean sweet potatoes are high in fiber, they’re a great way to maintaining a digestive system in tip-top shape. In other words, they’ll help keep your pup regular! Making sure your dog gets the right amount of fiber also makes clean-up time easier and a little more pleasant.
If you want to feed your pup Korean sweet potato on its own, just be sure to cook it. Boiling, roasting, and microwaving all work. Start out with just a tablespoon at a time for big dogs and a teaspoon for small dogs. (And trust us, you’ll want to eat whatever’s leftover!)
A Good Source of Fiber for Your Pup
One bag of Gogoma Bakes contains the equivalent of about a third of a medium-sized Korean sweet potato, or about 2.5 ounces. If your pup isn’t used to fiber-rich foods, start with a single bake to see how they do. For smaller dogs, you might start with half a bake.
We’ll treat each of our pups between four to eight Gogoma treats a day, depending on their activity levels. (They’re active, between a healthy 45 and 60 pounds, and “go” like clockwork.) A Gogoma Fun Pack includes four different recipes, so it’s a great way to discover what matches best to your pup’s tastes.
All of our recipes are filled only with healthy, sustainable ingredients. We never use any preservatives or additives (both natural and artificial) or corn, wheat or soy. Treat your pup to some feel-good yum, then let us know what they like best!
Note: Nutritional information compiled from research studies published in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, and Food & Nutrition Research