Legumes are high in fiber, iron, folate, and complex carbohydrates. But the worst issue by far is the presence of phytates and lectins. Phytates are substances that carnivores (like your furry friend) simply can’t break down, and lectins are known to contribute to digestive issues and leaky gut. Sound like something you want to put into your doggie’s bowl? No thank you!
But Aren't Dogs Omnivores?
But if dogs can eat meats as well as plants, that should make them omnivores, not carnivores. So grain shouldn’t be a problem for my dog right? Just one peek into your dog’s mouth to examine his teeth is proof enough that this is a complete myth. Dogs share 99% of their DNA with wolves; your pup is definitely a carnivore!
But dogs have evolved and adapted over time to eat human foods and plants, right? That’s another big fat no! Dogs can survive eating grains and plants, but they really can’t thrive on this diet. Their bodies just aren’t biologically built for much of a veggie or grain based diet. In fact, a failure to provide your pet with an adequate meat-based diet is one of the main reasons that so many dogs suffer from disease.