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Your dog, fall colors and beets

A few small bites today. Headlines from an LA Times article says we are feeding our pets kale, quinoa and cage-free duck. We’re spending more on our pets’ food giving them “…human grade food that is organic, minimally processed, slow-cooked…”, says columnist Kavita Daswani.

What’s wrong with sugared cereal, puffed cheese snacks and soda for Barney? It wouldn’t be healthy, right? Coats would suffer, eyes wouldn’t be bright, digestive health would be compromised, energy levels would drop. You know what’s coming…if you wouldn’t feed it to your dog…

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How conflicted food scientists must be at General Mills. Trix cereal was transformed from brightly colored balls of fun to plant-dyed balls of depression (one mother suggests). The vegetable dyes (like radishes and turmeric) just didn’t cut it; after a two year trial Trix is bringing back artificial dyes. A moment of sanity. It’s unlikely the amount of red, blue or yellow dye is an issue in your child’s diet. The balls of sugar are the problem. Let’s not focus on the gnat when an elephant is in the room!

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Which brings us to beautiful red (or purple, yellow and orange) beets. A brand new friend tells me, within the first hour of conversation, she hates beets but tries to blenderize them and hide them in a drink. She suggests they’re supposed to be healthy. Agree on two counts – like all veggies, beets are healthy and I don’t like them either.

Beets and their greens are edible and some of their nutritional benefits come from the chemicals that give beets their color. Beets contain lutein, fiber and folate which are all good. Recent headlines suggest that increased blood flow to one part of the brain is increased with dietary nitrate of which beets are a source. But not the only source. Green leafy vegetables anyone?

Take care of your diet as carefully as you care for your pets’ diets to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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