Yes, of course, these grape tomatoes provide tons of health benefits to your canine’s body, in terms of improving vision health, boosting immune system, improving heart and digestive health and maintaining the overall health of your pooch’s coat skin.
Until now, it was all about the chances of risks we can have with grape tomatoes in this article. However, it is clearer now that our fido can eat the ripe red grape tomatoes without fear. Actually, there are so many hidden benefits behind the consumption of these ripe grape tomatoes that they genuinely become a perfect occasional treat for pooches.
Your furry buddy will improve a major part of its health with the consumption of nutrient-packed grape tomatoes. This is one of the reasons why tomato pomace is often listed as an ingredient on the label of dog food products.
So, let me introduce, in detail, the nutrients these grape tomatoes are filled with, as well as the benefits they can provide to a dog’s health.
Dogs are more prone to eye problems like cataracts and PRA and easily tend to reach the stage of blindness. Grape tomatoes can be something really beneficial to these little furry animals as they are packed with vitamin A, which helps improve eyesight.
Vitamin A also helps to boost canines’ immune system and supports all their reproductive processes as well. They also maintain your pooch’s bone health.
Beta-carotene found inside grape tomatoes is also known for improving vision as the body converts them into the same vitamin A. Beta-carotene also improves canine’s cognitive functions and is one of the elements responsible for the red prominent color.
Boosted Immune System
Fidos can get their immune system boosted with the consumption of red grape tomatoes as they are rich in carotenoid “lycopene”. The intake of lycopene provides a dog’s body a lot of other health benefits as well.
For instance, lycopene reduces the chances of different types of cancers in your pooch. It also lowers the risk of heart issues and diseases like stroke. Lycopene also makes your furry buddy’s bones stronger while maintaining their good bone health.
Lastly, since lycopene is an antioxidant, it helps to remove the free radical molecules from your pooch’s body that are meant to damage body cells inside.
Grape tomatoes are entirely full of lycopene though; however, as this carotenoid is also known for providing the bright red color to the tomatoes, the skin part carries most of the amount.
According to a study published by Fielding JM back in 2005, cooked grape tomatoes carry more lycopene than what the fresh tomato pieces come up with naturally. This shows that introducing fidos to processed grape tomatoes is definitely a good idea.
Still, there are a number of exceptions to keep in mind.
- Cook red-colored ripe grape tomatoes only.
- Try getting fresh and organic pieces, as they are not sprayed with pesticides.
- Wash them well before cooking.
- Always serve your pooch cooked grape tomatoes that are completely pure. Never make the mistake of adding flavors or additives like salt, sugar, garlic, or onion, as they can be really harmful to your furry buddy.
- Prefer cooking at home rather than getting processed products from the market.