Superfoods have become very popular lately, and lychee is a great example. It is a tropical fruit that is popular worldwide. Since it is0 a very nutritious fruit, you might have an urge to share with your dog. If that is the case for you, you’re in the right place. Because in this article, we will find an answer to the question of whether dogs can eat lychee or not.
We want to give our short answer to that question. There is very little information regarding this topic. While some people say it is good for dogs, some say otherwise. We believe that lychee is a nutritious fruit and it will be fine in small amounts but keep in mind to not feed your dog too much.
To learn further details, let’s see what lychee is and its effects on our loyal companions.
What is Lychee?
As we mentioned above, lychee is a popular fruit that has a sweet flavor and a pleasing taste. It is from the soapberry family, and it has a scientific name which is litchi chinensis.
People believe that it was discovered around 2000BC in Southern China. And it is believed that emperors and queens consumed it for its benefits on the health and beauty.
Today, China and India are the most famous exporters or this superfood. But other than these countries, it also grows in tropical areas around the world.
As for the looks, lychee has pink or reddish-brown skin, and it has a round shape. It looks a lot like a strawberry, and that is why it is often called “Chinese strawberry”.
Also, lychee fruit has a large brown seed, which you should remember to remove before you consume. Because it can cause some digestive problems when consumed.
Now let’s see the nutritional value of lychee and its effects on dogs.
You might be surprised to hear that lychee contains a good amount of vitamin C. That is essential because vitamin C has a lot of health benefits.
First, it has antioxidant properties, and it does an amazing job at combatting harmful molecules called free radicals. That plays a huge role in your dog’s health, especially in later ages, because free radicals are known for causing cancer.
Vitamin C is also beneficial for dogs because it boosts the immune system, and your dog will get sick less.
Potassium contains a fair amount of mineral found in high amounts in banana. But it is also found in normal amounts lychee.
This is another reason why we say dogs can eat lychee in small amounts because potassium is very essential for promoting bone and teeth health. So, it is always a good idea to include potassium in your dog’s diet since potassium deficiency can be the cause of stunt growth.
We also mention that lychee contains a good amount of fiber. So, it is perfect for dogs that have digestive problems. It can be very helpful because fiber generates healthy bacteria in your dog’s gut.
Another function of the soluble fiber is that it can help to regulate your dog’s cholesterol levels. Another function of the fiber is known to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
Since it is beneficial for digestive issues, you should include foods that have fiber if your pup has constipation. But it is always a good idea to keep in mind that you should be mindful about the amount that you give to your dog. Because it can cause loose stool in high amounts.
Low in Calories
Even though it is a fruit, lychee is very low in calories. That is the other reason why we say dogs can eat lychee in small amounts. Because unless your dog consumes too much, it is very unlikely to cause any problems. Other than that, it can be a great treat if your pooch has weight problems.
Even though lychee contains a low amount of calories, it still contains a fair amount of fructose.
That is why, even though dogs can eat lychee, you should always be mindful about the amount that you give to your dog. Because it will raise your dog’s blood sugar to high levels. And that can cause some health issue like diabetes or weight gain.
Can Dogs Eat Lychee?
As we mentioned above, there is very little information regarding the question of whether dogs can eat lychee. In theory, dogs can eat small amounts of lychee. Because it is a nutritious fruit and it doesn’t have any apparent harms to dogs.
But there are some caveats that we would like to mention to prevent any harms. Lychee can be toxic to humans unless it is ripe. So, we can assume that it is the same situation for dogs. So, even though dogs can eat lychee in small amounts, it is a good idea to make them stay away from lychee unless it is ripe.
As for how to understand whether lychee is ripe, unripe lychee has a green color. So, need to make sure that the fruit is a pinkish color.
Like every other food, if you want to give your lychee, make sure to wait for the after-effects. Because every dog responds differently to any food. So, if you see that your dogs have symptoms like throwing up, skin irritation, etc., it is a good idea to call your vet.
We should also mention that lychee is not a small fruit, and it is almost the size of a golf ball. So, make sure that your dog doesn’t eat it whole since it can cause a choking hazard.