Eggplant goes by several names such as Garden Egg, Aubergine, Melongene, and Guinea Squash. The vegetable is known as an eggplant because it has an egg-like shape and has a vibrant purple color. If you are a big fan of Eggplant and it regularly features on your plate, it will not take a lot of time before your dog wants to try it.
Can Your Dog Eat Eggplant?
Yes, dogs can eat Eggplant as it is not poisonous or toxic to the majority of dogs. However, there are certain dogs that should not be fed Eggplant.
If your dog is allergic to Eggplant, you should avoid it for obvious reasons.
If your dog suffers from inflammation problems like arthritis, you may want to avoid Eggplant.
The key reason behind this is that Eggplant can have inflammatory effects which could worsen your dog’s condition.
Lastly, you may want to avoid Eggplant if your dog suffers from kidney problems. The key reason behind this is that Eggplant has a high content of oxalate that can worsen existing kidney issues.
Nutritional Value of Eggplant
Eggplant is considered to be nutritious and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals. See the below breakdown.
99 grams of Eggplant contains the following nutrition:
- 0.82 grams of Protein
- 0.23 grams of Fat
- 35 Calories
- 8.64 grams of Carbohydrates ( 3.17 grams are Sugars)
- 188 milligrams of Potassium
- 2.5 grams of Dietary Fiber
- 6 milligrams of Calcium
- 0.12 milligrams of Zinc
- 1 milligram of Sodium
- 0.25 milligrams of Iron
- 1.3 milligrams of Vitamin C
- 15 milligrams of Phosphorus
- 11 milligrams of Magnesium
- 85 micrograms of Vitamin B6
- 14 micrograms of Folate
- 2.9 micrograms of Vitamin K
Eggplant also contains flavonoids like anthocyanins. Flavonoids are a pigment which has some health benefits, and it gives Eggplant its dark purple color.
What Type of Eggplant Should You Feed Your Dog?
It is a good idea to feed your dog with an organically grown eggplant. The main reason why you should aim to feed your dog with organically grown Eggplant is that artificially grown Eggplant often contain pesticides.
However, organically grown Eggplant may be more expensive, but many consider it to be worth it as they pose less of a risk to dogs.
How to Feed Your Dog With Eggplant
It is strongly advised to feed your dog with Eggplant that is thoroughly cooked. Feeding your dog with raw Eggplant should be avoided. The key reason why you should provide cooked Eggplant over raw Eggplant is that the cooking process will destroy any harmful components which may be found in a raw eggplant.
There are many different ways you can prepare Eggplants such as grilling, baking, or boiling. We would not advise frying Eggplant if you’re going to feed it to your dog. The reason behind this is that fried Eggplant will contain a large portion of oil and fat which is not a beneficial addition to your dog’s diet.
Reasons Why Eggplant is Good For Your Dog
Eggplant can help prevent Heart Disease. Potassium, fiber, phytonutrient, vitamin B6, and vitamin C are all found in Eggplant, and each of these can help in preventing heart disease. Also, an increased intake of anthocyanins which are also found in Eggplant can help in lowering your dogs’ blood pressure.
Eggplant has a high content of chlorogenic acid, which helps in preventing cancer, harmful bacteria, bad cholesterol levels, and viral infections.
Eggplant contains an anthocyanin phytonutrient known as Nasunin. Some believe Nasunin helps in enhancing your dogs’ brain function as well as preventing brain damage.
Lastly, Eggplant is relatively low in calories, which can make it an excellent option to feed to your dog who is overweight or looking to avoid weight gain. Many other foods other vegetables that are closely related to Eggplant have a high calories content.
Risks of Feeding Your Dog With Eggplant
As we briefly discussed earlier Eggplant does pose the risk of inflammation. Eggplant is classified under the nightshade family. This branch of plants contains alkaloids such as solanine which may cause your dog to suffer from inflammation or arthritis.
There are also some risks associated with Iron Absorption and Nasunin: Nasunin in eggplant plants binds with iron content, thus removing it from cells. This reduction in Iron could worsen conditions like Anemonia,
There are risks with the fact that Eggplant has a high content of oxalate. Oxalate can lead to an increased risk of kidney stone formation. Kidney stones can, in extreme cases, lead to kidney death or acute oxalate nephropathy.
In conclusion, it is safe to feed your dog with Eggplant as long as it is prepared correctly. The critical reason that Eggplant is safe to eat is that it is neither poisonous nor toxic when ingested by a dog. For those who are conscious of pesticides consider feeding your dog with organically grown Eggplant.