Peanut butter might be the favorite treat of most the canines. I mean, who could blame them? Whether smooth or crunchy, peanut butter has a way of getting you addicted before you realize it.
We believe that is why it takes just a lick of a peanut butter-smeared spoon to get the pups hooked. Since dogs love it so much, most owners keep giving peanut butter to their dogs as a treat.
But is possible that giving too much peanut butter to dogs is not okay for their health? Or instead, can peanut butter have some benefits for your loyal companion?
Those are the questions we are going to answer today, and we believe this article might change your view about peanut butter, and maybe it can even be eye-opening about the other ingredients used when making it.
Let’s get started.
What is Peanut Butter?
We can say that peanut butter is relatively unprocessed food. The way it is made is just turning either regular or roasted peanut butter to paste by grinding it.
However, that does not apply to most of the peanut kinds of butter sold in the supermarkets because manufacturers add various ingredients such as several sweeteners, sugar, vegetable oil, and even trans-fat.
Nutritional Value of Peanut Butter:
Peanut butter can be a good source of protein.
Also, it is very low in carbohydrates.
It also contains a lot of healthy fats such as saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats.
Other than that, it has a lot of different micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) such as:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
Things are looking perfect when we look at peanut butter’s nutritional value, right? We say not so fast.
Is Peanut Butter Good For Dogs?
We already mentioned that peanut butter is a good source of protein. That is the reason why it is preferred by most of the bodybuilders. Does it make it also a good protein source for dogs? Well, yes and no.
Peanuts are a member of the legumes family which also contain peas, beans, and lentils. Other than being a good source of carbohydrate, all of them also include a relatively high amount of protein in them.
However, that doesn’t make them the ideal source of protein for dogs because legumes lack some of the amino acids that animal proteins have, such as methionine and cysteine. So, peanut butter is not the best source that your tail-wagger can get its protein from.
However, we can say that it can still be a good complementary protein source.
Other than that, peanut butter contains all the healthy fats, and since your dog needs them in its diet for its well-being, it can also be very good for your dog in that sense.
Is Peanut Butter Bad For Dogs?
We mentioned all the things that peanut butter might be beneficial for your dog. Now, let’s get to the part where it starts to get concerning.
Most of the kinds of peanut butter you see on the shelves contain a good amount of refined sugar in them. Refined sugar is one of the most harmful things that your pooch can get into its body.
There is no doubt that sugar is also very harmful to humans in excessive amounts.
However, it is probably okay in small amounts since our bodies are more adapted tolerate it, but for dogs, it can have some negative consequences and eating peanut butter that contains refined sugar won’t help with that.
First, excessive amounts of sugar can result in very high inflammations throughout the body. Other than that, refined sugar is just empty calories. High amounts of sugar cause extra weight gain and diabetes in dogs, and that can be a recipe for late-life issues in many pups.
You might think that there are a lot of brands in the market that take the sugar out of their recipe of peanut butter and that is true. However, most of the brands replaced that with xylitol, which is alcohol that occurs naturally in most of the plant materials, including many fruits and vegetables.
It is mostly used as a substitute for sugar in most of the sugar-free products ranging from toothpaste to chewing gums.
Xylitol is a substance that can be toxic to dogs, and even peanut butter that contains sugar can be considered okay compared to the xylitol.
Lately, it has been gaining popularity among most of the companies that make peanut butter.
So, if your pup can’t get enough of the peanut butter and you want to get it peanut butter because you want to make it happy, always make sure to check the ingredients before you make your purchase.
But you should keep in mind that these are the most popular brands that use xylitol in their products:
- Go Nuts,
- Peanu Butter & Co.,
- Krush Nutrition,
- Nuts ‘N More
- P28 Foods.
Other than that, make sure to avoid any peanut butter that contains palm oil, hydrogenated vegetable oils (soybean, rapeseed, etc.), molasses, corn syrup, pea protein, any additives, and preservatives. Real peanut butter should only have two ingredients in the recipe, peanut butter, and salt.
We believe, as long as you avoid the ingredients that we mentioned above and get good peanut butter, it can have the benefits we mentioned above for your pup.
So, How Much Peanut Butter Is Actually Okay For Dogs?
Assuming that you found a peanut butter that has no harmful ingredients we mentioned above, the next question would be how much peanut butter is okay for dogs to eat.
Honestly, we will give a safe answer and say moderation always serves. Because even if you feed a peanut butter that is completely free from all the harmful ingredients, it will still contain a fair amount of carbohydrates.
Dogs are evolved to have a high protein diet with a lot of animal protein in it. It is true that some carbs can be beneficial for dogs in small amounts, but eating up spoons of peanut butter can’t be considered okay.
We advise you to give peanut butter to your dogs every once in a while either as a treat or a reward so that it can benefit from all of its nutrients.
Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs with Diarrhea?
If your pup ever gets diarrhea, the best thing to do would be to feed it small but the right foods to calm its stomach. The most famous diet that you can apply is the famous chicken and rice diet.
However, we believe adding some peanut butter, and small amounts of bananas would also be okay for soothing for the uneasy stomach of your dog.
Because peanut butter is known for its calming effects on the stomach and bananas are very rich in fiber, so, they can be very helpful for digestive problems.
We should remind you that when saying peanut butter can be good for your tail-wagger’s stomach, we don’t mean the ones with added sugar or of course xylitol.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter Cookies?
To answer that, let’s look at the basic ingredients of a peanut butter cookie.
- Crunchy peanut butter
- White sugar
- Cup packed brown sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
Were you able to detect the problematic ingredients? Let us help you.
They are sugar and flour. Sugar is an issue because of all the reasons we mentioned above, and flour is made wheat, which has gluten in it. This is a problem because dogs’ digestive system is not well adapted to digest gluten like us.
We should mention that baking powder used in this peanut butter cookies recipe might seem harmless since it is gluten-free, the fact that it contains cornstarch makes it not okay for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches?
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not ok for dogs either for a couple of reasons.
First, every kind of jam has a good amount of sugar in it, and that is very bad for dogs.
Other than that, the bread used in the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches contains gluten, and we already mentioned why it is bad for dogs.
So, How Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
Homemade Peanut Butter Treat For Dogs:
After ranting about all kinds of different foods and ingredients, we didn’t want to end the article without giving you a suggestion.
This is a simple recipe, and it does not contain anything even slightly unhealthy for your pooch. If you don’t end up giving it too much by caving every time it stares at you with the desire for a treat, we believe your pup will only benefit from it.
We also believe your tail-wagger will find it so delicious that it won’t even think about the other sugar-filled unhealthy treats like cookies or peanut butter sandwich.
Conclusion: Is Peanut Butter Okay For Dogs?
We believe you get the idea, but we want to reiterate. Peanuts or the butter are not the problem with peanut butter, but the other ingredients such as added sugar, corn syrup, palm oil and not to mention xylitol are concerning.
We believe peanut butter is a good treat for dogs if you have the budget to get the ones made without the unhealthy ingredients, however, if you don’t have the budget for it, that’s okay.
Because your dog’s health is much more important than the pleasure, it will get from the harmful kinds of peanut butter even though from our own experience, we certainly know that pleasure can be irresistible!