Thursday, June 30, 2005


Potassium. Everyone needs it (even dogs). So that's one good reason to eat bananas. But why? Just what does potassium do for us? We need potassium for healthy muscular function, it keeps our bodily fluids in balance and it regulates blood pressure (thus making me a very happy and healthy dog). Potassium also reduces the risk of hypertension and stroke. Humans need about 2,000 to 3,500 mg a day. I think doggies need a smaller amount than that. Anyway, I try to eat 5 servings of fruit a day (I am not fond of veggies unless they come with my Cesar dog food) and the added benefit that I get from eating bananas is that I get hand-fed! Yes! I tried to peel the skin off the banana but my paws ended up mashing the banana instead, so that's royal treatment for me! Other sources of potassium-rich foods include potatoes, cantaloupes, beans, greens, plums and oranges. Lastly, potassium is water-soluble, so instead of boiling, try steaming instead. (Steamed bananas? I can't imagine!!) Anyway, a healthy doggie like me eats my fruit raw without cooking and since I get hand-fed, I am not complaining!


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