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Old 12-07-2010, 08:47 PM
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Question Vegetables - raw or cooked??

Hi there,
For all of you that are adding vegetables to your raw or home-cooked food, are you cooking your veggies or serving them raw? I know it is best to put veggies through a food processor or juicer for easier digestion/absorption, but not sure if cooking is also necessary. I read all sorts of conflicting data. Some say that veggies should always be cooked (especially broccoli, carrots, white & sweet potatoes) and others say they are okay to serve raw.
Right now, I have been cooking sometimes and adding raw at other times just to be on the safe side. Covering all the bases so to speak.

I have also been using some of the Honest Kitchen "Preference" (and add my own protein source), and those veggies are all raw, dehydrated.

I was just wondering how you serve vegetables?
And while discussing vegetables, what kinds of vegetables do you use most often?

Thanks in advance for any insights,

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Old 12-08-2010, 09:14 AM
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When we serve veggies, we use raw veggies as treats for training, and those that go in with his food are cooked. I think it makes the veggie easier to digest and break down.

I mainly give Molson boiled potatoes, cooked sliced carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potato. Since we do mostly prey model, I don't add the veggies very often, but I'm thinking about switching that in the near future, to add more into his diet and switch him over to the BARF diet.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:23 AM
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Like Steph....I use raw when just offering the guys a treat or for training purposes...they love baby carrots!!! When I add veggies to their raw food....I cook them. A few weeks ago, I boiled up some spinach, carrots, green beans, yams and zuchinni and added that to their ground beef mixture. I also added chopped apple, couple of eggs (shells included) and kelp. They love this mixture ..but then again, they like everything!!!!

I try to give them some veggies several times a week with their supper....even if it's just a few green beans or a hunk of broccoli as a topper.
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I will steam veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and other potential thyroid unfriendly veggies, but most of the time I Vitamix the vegetables and/or fruit raw. Actually, any cruciferous veggies are usually left overs from my meals

I rarely serve potatoes of other starchy vegetables - these I save for if my dogs need to add some weight and then they are cooked.
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Thanks for the advice guys! I appreciate all your knowledge!

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I will steam veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and other potential thyroid unfriendly veggies, but most of the time I Vitamix the vegetables and/or fruit raw. Actually, any cruciferous veggies are usually left overs from my meals

I rarely serve potatoes of other starchy vegetables - these I save for if my dogs need to add some weight and then they are cooked.
I'm curious about broccoli, cauliflower and other veggies being thyroid unfriendly. I've never heard this! Can you fill me in? I don't feed raw but we treat our Toby with fresh veggies to keep excessive salt out of his diet due to higher blood pressure.
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I give my pooch a can of green beans occasionally, he loves them! They are also great for his coat. I have not heard of having any thyroid problems because of veggies.
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My boy refuses to eat vegetables until I cook them
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Asha and Hudson have raw vitamized vegies with their raw turkey mince and Chicken mince, they have broccoli,cauliflower, cabbage, beans,sweet potato,zuchinni, carrots and pumpkin Had a naturopath consult recently and she didn't want me to give Asha, much carrot, pumpkin or sweet potato for the carbs as she recently had pancreatitis.They love good veggies also.
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I'm curious about broccoli, cauliflower and other veggies being thyroid unfriendly. I've never heard this! Can you fill me in? I don't feed raw but we treat our Toby with fresh veggies to keep excessive salt out of his diet due to higher blood pressure.
Hi - I left a visitors message with more detail, but the compounds in these veggies that are goitrogens (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc) are no longer active once the vegetables are cooked or steamed. So no worries about their affect on thyroid function once cooked This is not all vegetables, but mostly cruciferous varieties which are very healthy once cooked. Even raw they are probably fine as an occasional treat, but since one of my dogs is hypothyroid I just make sure to cook them.

Just to clarify, almost all vegetables are fine served raw and/or pureed, like lettuce, green beans etc. A typical morning might see my dogs having a raw blend of carrots, lettuce, celery and garlic that has been mixed with water and yogurt that has been run through the VitaMix.
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