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Molasses is a natural sweetener that comes from cane or beet sugar.
Most Americans, and therefore their dogs, rarely consume it. That doesn’t mean there aren’t health benefits! Many children in the UK are given molasses for nutrition.
So what about for a pet dog?
Here’s the deal:
A small amount of natural molasses makes for a great supplement. Combining it with a treat is a fantastic idea.
Just be careful of xylitol, and other artificial sweeteners, because they could be toxic for your canine.
Dogs Can Have Molasses (carefully check ingredients)
A bit of this sweetener, without chemicals, is A-OK.
In fact, molasses is healthy for dogs too as it contains:
That is quite a list of nutrients!
Just make sure your molasses is all-natural. If so, it’s far superior to artificial sweeteners.
Get Black-Strap Molasses
A good Blackstrap molasses won’t be super sweet.
More importantly, it’s safe for your dog just as long as you stick to small portions.
More good news:
Blackstrap has lots of iron, few calories and is low in cholesterol as well as fat.
The calcium promotes healthy bones and is preventative against osteoporosis. And the Wulzen Factor or Stigmasterol adds to the desirability.
While sweeteners should normally be skipped, a modest helping of molasses can be an exception.
It can complement a dog treat. The same goes for honey!
Light vs. Dark And Others
Light molasses (AKA treacle) actually has more sugar than the dark kind.
Yup! The dark is preferred for dogs.
But even this variety may not be pure. You really have to check labels.
Avoid feeding your dog a light version or anything that has been sulphured. Blackstrap is likely the best choice.
Molasses as a Natural Cure
The simplest and most natural remedies are often most effective.
Molasses has a history of health benefits (relevant to both humans and animals).
They include energy enhancement and an immune system boost. Molasses may even strengthen the heart and fight tumors.
For sure, a few of these attributes apply to dogs.
Some owners give molasses for their dog’s arthritis and other joint-related problems.
Numerous Health Benefits
Molasses can also decrease anemia risks (a deficiency of red blood cells).
The calcium assists in the maintenance of healthy bones. This decreases a likelihood of osteoporosis.
And get this…
The chromium may ward off diabetes. It could improve your dog’s glucose tolerance, making it easier to metabolize sugar.
The vitamin B6 is great for digestion of fats, Haemoglobin synthesis, and metabolizing amino acids found in protein.
Your dog’s hair and skin could see some improvement!
FYI: Molasses is water soluble and the vitamins are excreted through urine. You may notice a change in urine color.
The Bottom Line
Pure molasses is a healthy sweetener for hounds too. Go with a quality Blackstrap that doesn’t contain any additives.
Just remember that molasses is pretty sweet so be sure to limit portions!
Fed in moderation, you can let your dog enjoy.