Processed dog food loses / missing health properties fresh Vegetables & Fruits can provide

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Most dogs hate most vegetables and fruits, and are unwilling to consume them. This article gives much reason to make fresh veggies and fruits are part of your dog’s diet and for you to find a way to make it appealing for your dog if they are reluctant to eat them straight up.

Some dog foods provide vegetables and fruits, and/or vitamin supplements, but this does not equate nor deliver the nutrients from fresh vegetables or fruits.

Let’s begin ..

To help ensure longevity and good health, vitamins, carotenoids, and antioxidants are vital in additional to other nutrients and factors, but for this article we will only discuss these and anticancer properties.

Just to mention it now,  certain carotenoids act as antioxidants and certain types have the ability to absorb blue and UV spectrum light in the eye to provide some protection.

Anti-Cancer properties

In addition to the above, some cruciferous vegetables contain substances that covert to anticancer chemicals. Broccoli is a good example of one that does. Cruciferous vegetables are grouped into a family of vegetables known as the Brassicaceae family. Therefore, adding at least one cruciferous vegetable to your dog’s meal is highly recommended.

Here are a few common cruciferous vegetables

Brussels sprouts
Collard greens

For more cruciferous vegetables, see the end of this article for an extensive list.

Processed dog food may provide some ingredients and supplements, but there is really no substitute for fresh fruits and vegetables. Why?
Two major key points on why fresh vegetables and fruits: 

  1. Processed dog food undergoes high cooking heat, this may reduce and/or damage the healthy properties of the substances contained within the food.
  2. Overtime, and exposure to the air may diminish the healthy properties in stored dog food.

Hopefully, this article has convinced you the importance of fresh vegetables and fruits in your dog’s diet. Even a little bit added to your dog’s diet may makes a tremendous difference than not doing so.

As a reminder grapes and raisins are not to be feed to your dogs. Also, garlic and onions too. Please see this article “Dangerous foods to dogs” for further details on specific food hazards to dogs.

If you are interested in understanding more, please continue to read below.



An antioxidant removes free radicals in the body, which are caused by oxidation. Free radicals can damage and may lead to death in the cell. Consuming enough antioxidants will help combat the amount of free radicals in the body. However, excessive amounts may not have any additional benefits and thus it may not be necessary to over consume antioxidants.


A Carotenoid is the organic pigment that gives plants, some bacteria, and some fungi their color. There are over 600 known Carotenoids, and some act as antioxidants. For plants pigments are found in the chloroplasts and chloroplast. Dogs and humans cannot produce Carotenoids, and need to consume foods with it to .

Anti- Cancer compounds

Cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates substances. They key to the anti cancer properties is when these glucosinolates are transformed to other active compounds. The transformation takes place during food preparation, chewing, and/or digestion. Glucosinolates are down converted to compounds that include but not limited to:

  • indoles
  • nitriles
  • thiocyanates
  • isothiocyanates

According to National Cancer Institute studies of these compounds in animals and cell studies may have found the following potential impact:

  • help protect cells from DNA damage.
  • help inactivate carcinogens that lead to cancer
  • They have antiviral and antibacterial effects
  • They have anti-inflammatory effects
  • They induce cell death (apoptosis).
  • They inhibit tumor blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and tumor cell migration (needed for metastasis).

List of Cruciferous vegetables

This is a list of some example cruciferous vegetables. This is not a complete list as there are cruciferous vegetables not on the list.

Bok choi
Brussels sprout
Chinese broccoli
Chinese cabbage
Collard greens
Garden cress
Land cress
Mustard (seeds and leaves)
Turnips (root and greens)

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