Can Dogs Eat Edamame?

Edamame beans are one of the most typical food in countries like Korea, China, and Japan. However, it’s getting some traction in the rest of the world, since people are getting more preoccupied with the questions of being healthy and maintain greater diet.  

Edamame is young green soybeans steamed or boiled and served in their pods.  It’s an excellent source of protein and has various health advantages. The recent research found that consuming 47 grams of soy-based protein per day can reduce LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol levels by 12.9%.

Edamame also is recognized to be a prominent source of nutrients: if you eat a serving of this beans ( a cup of 155 grams), you will end up more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of folate and 52% of vitamin K.

That’s to name a few.

So you might consider integrating Edamame beans into your diet (great choice!) and also wondering if your dog can join? You’ve come to the right place.

So, can dogs have edamame?

Yes. These beans have significant health benefits for everyone, including your pet. They’re an awesome source of polyunsaturated (good ones) fats, particularly of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. This nutrient proved to help reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and even support the health of the skin and hair.

Is edamame good for dogs?

Definitely. On top of healthy fats for pups skin and fur care, edamame is also a source of protein and fiber. Proteins are great to provide enough energy to fuel your pup’s active lifestyle. Fiber is amazing for weight management. As it helps dogs feel saturation faster and longer and therefore reducing the risk of overeating.  Edamame is a sound bite for dogs on a diet. Mass-produced dog treats are high calories and fats most of the time and is a strict no for pups who have to shed a few pounds. Consider treating your pup with some edamame beans as a healthy alternative.

We have a great guide on how to put a dog on a diet here in case if it’s the topic of you and your pet’s interests.

Is edamame bad for dogs?

Edamame is not toxic to risky at any other way to your dog nor does it have negative effects on their health. The only predicament is the potential dog’s response to a new food. So, at first, only serve your dog 1-2 edamame beans and watch if they demonstrate any unfavorable reactions, like vomiting or stomach’s upset.

Anytime you make some adjustments in your dog’s diet or offer a new food to their menu that their digestion has not encountered previously, there’s always the possibility that your dog’s body might not embrace that food readily. So, you have to integrate any adjustments gradually at first.

Also, don’t serve your dog roasted edamame beans that sometimes are sold in the supermarkets like these ones. Those are often cooked with seasonings (possibly dangerous), oil (very fatty), or excessive amounts of salt. And too much of it can lead to diarrhea, dehydration, and potentially salt poisoning. Edamame blended in with frozen vegetables has some history with onions or garlic, and even one molecule of any of those two put your pup’s well-being at risk. So skip those too.

Green steamed edamame beans, no seasoning, are the best to share with your dog. Be careful with pods; those can cause choking. So, when giving edamame to your pet, it has to be peeled.

How much edamame for dogs is safe?

When you first introduce your dog to edamame it has to be a smaller portion, like 3-4 beans. Then you have to watch for any side effects to identify if your pup has any allergies or troubles with digesting new food.  Then you can gradually increase the portion, mixing it with regular pup’s food or sharing it as an occasional treat.

Edamame is full of fiber, and too much fiber is going to cause some digestive issues for your dog, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea.

It can also cause excessive gas and bloating. So be careful with the serving size, take a note on your pup’s behavior. As dogs carnivorous, they don’t require as many plant-based meals as we do.

So if you’re eating edamame, you can safely share a few beans with your dog. If you notice any adverse side effects, however, you should stick to your dog’s regular diet immediately.

Edamame and dogs. Summary

Edamame makes for a yummy snack, or it can serve as a side for a regular meal. It’s healthy, and there’s a high chance that your dog will like it (mmm crunchy!)  But don’t forget the rule of thumb: if we are talking about the food that your dog is not exposed to regularly, it can potentially hurt their digestion. So, as always, moderation is the key.

Credits: thanks for the cover photo to Valeria Boltneva from Pexels