Brown rice is an unrefined and unpolished whole grain which is produced by removing the surrounding hull of the rice kernel. Its grain retains its nutrient-dense bran and germ layer. It is chewier when compared to white rice. It also has a rutty flavor. In this article, get to understand how good or safe it is to feed your dog with brown rice, the differences between white and brown rice; and more information about feeding your dog with brown rice.
Is Brown Rice Good or Safe For Dogs With?
Brown rice is better by far than white rice because of the quality of nutrients it offers. The process of milling that converts brown rice into white rice strips away most of its nutritional value. Here are some health benefits associated with feeding your dog brown rice.
Due to bran, brown rice is substantially high in fiber which is eventually good for dogs with constipation. It also helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol levels and helps to control blood sugar levels and aid in achieving healthy weight. More importantly, it provides a sense of fullness to the pets especially the puppies with good appetite.
Brown rice is a popular way of adding protein to your dog’s diet, because it contains higher protein levels. Your needs proteins on regular basis for proper functioning of the body cells, also whole-grain protein in brown rice helps its body to avoid consuming too much calories from saturated fats found in beef and full-fat dairy.
Brown rice being is high in carbohydrates as well low in fats, and it is considered one of the best foods suitable for dogs with diarrhea or allergy. Also studies have shown that there are substantial amounts of complex sugars (polysaccharides) in the bran of brown rice. Polysaccharides are healthy carbohydrates that your dog requires for energy, growth and development.
Minerals and Vitamins
Studies by USDA (National Nutrients Database), brown rice has substantial amounts of minerals such as manganese, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, selenium and potassium. It is also rich in vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thymine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B3 (niacin) vitamin E and vitamin K.
Brown rice is full of antioxidants which are very effective in supporting your dog’s immune system by protecting the body and cells from damaging free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are generated by sun exposure, stress and as part of the natural aging process. Free radicals can damage cells, DNA and collagen.
What Are The Signs That Rice Is Bad For Your Dog?
Some dogs are pretty sensitive and can’t tolerate specific carbohydrates. Signs of allergies will eventually pop up after consumption of certain types of rice like Basmati rice, example of such signs include:
- Skin itchiness
- Loss of hair
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Dry flaky skin
- Obsessive licking
- Bumps/ rashes
- Infections such as ear infections
What do you feed a dog that is allergic to rice?
Allergies in dogs are a common problem especially for older dogs, and therefore it is of utmost importance to have a properly planned out diet for such dogs. Ingestion of brown rice or white rice sometimes causes allergic reactions. This may be due to contamination or inclusion of food additives derived from sources other than rice.
Well, onions, mushrooms, garlic, grapes, figs, fruits, vegetables, chicken broth and artificial sweeteners are usually the best foods to feed a dog with all manner of food allergies. However, it is always advised to consult an expert before trying out new food items like artificial sweeteners on your dog that is allergic to rice.
Can Dogs with Diarrhea be given Brown Rice?
Brown rice can be a good food of choice for dogs with diarrhea especially if given in small quantities. However, you need to know that giving too much brown rice to a dog with diarrhea can worsen the stomach upset further, because of high fiber content in brown rice. When your dog is recovering from diarrhea, you will need to give it small quantities of brown rice mixed with chicken broth or boiled chicken and spinach so as to help restore the lost nutrients
Brown vs. White Rice
|Basis of Comparison||Brown Rice||White Rice|
|Description||Brown rice is a whole grain, in that it has all its natural content intact. Natural content include the bran, germ and the endosperm.||White rice is made from stripping off the germ and bran, leaving only the endosperm intact. It is heavily milled to give it the white color.|
|Nutrition Density||The outer layer of the rice grain is full of antioxidants, fiber and B vitamin, while the middle layer is rich source of essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The middle layer is also loaded with carbohydrates.||White rice has a huge deficit of minerals, antioxidants, proteins and vitamins. Most of these nutrients are lost during the process of milling.|
|Digestion||Brown rice is somehow hard to digest owing to its high fiber content.||White rice is easy to digest since all the fiber and grain content have been lost during the process of milling.|
|Phytic Acid||Brown rice contains phytic acid which may hinder absorption of certain nutrients.||White rice does not contain phytic acids.|
|Minerals||1kg of brown rice contains 88% manganese and 88% of phosphorous.||The milling process of grain rips off around 80% manganese and phosphorous and dietary fiber naturally present in the grain.|
|B vitamins and other Minerals||Brown rice is also high in iron, vitamin B3, vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6, selenium, potassium and tryptophan.||90% of B vitamins, 80% of minerals are lost during the milling process.|
|Diabetes||Brown rice is low on glycemic index (GI) a factor that makes it a better choice for dogs and people with diabetes.||Due to high content of carbohydrates, white rice has a higher glycemic index (GI), a factor that makes it not a good choice for dogs and people with diabetes.|
|Weight Loss||Brown rice is considered to be a healthier option for dogs and people who are in need of shading some weight.||Refined grains like white rice have higher carb and low fiber content and therefore white rice is a bad choice for weight loss, unless the portion size is controlled.|
|Carbohydrate Content||Brown rice lacks the healthy carb in its content. The large portion of a brown rice is a whole grain.||White rice varieties such as Jasmine and basmati have high content of carb.|
|Fat Content||Brown rice contains a little higher amount of fat when compared to other rice varieties.||White rice contains lesser amount of fat by far, when compared to brown rice.|
Simple Way to Cook Crock Pot Chicken and Brown Rice for dogs
- 2 cups of brown rice
- 4 cups of water
- Raw sweet potato
- Sliced carrots
- 4 Boneless chicken thighs without skin
- Place all the ingredients in the crock pot.
- Cook for at least 3 hours on low heat flames.
- After three hours, remove the crock pot from the flames and allow it to cool.
- Stir the content of the crock pit well and then break up the chicken into small pieces.
- Serve the food to your dog.
- Ensure that you serve the right quantity, depending on your dog’s weight or its normal ratio.
Proteins, fiber, potassium, selenium, choline, phosphorus and magnesium, makes brown rice to have a higher nutritional value. It also does not have too many calories. Therefore, due to numerous health benefits brown rice possesses, it is important as a pet owner to consider feeding your dog with brown rice on a regular basis regularly, at least twice a week.