In fact, there are no superfoods for people! Only in the world of unicorns and leprechuans do such foods exist. In fact, there is no legal definition or standards that distinguish “superfoods” from other foods. There isn’t even an agreed upon list of which foods are superfoods. If it weren’t for Hollywood hype from celebrity actor or doctor talk shows, the notion of superfoods would probably not exist.
What is a superfood?
A superfood is a food believed to be so rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega- 3 fatty acids and unknown cancer fighting chemicals that daily servings will result in miraculous health. Greek yogurt, quinoa, blueberries, pumpkin, kale, chia seeds, kelp and spirulina are just a few examples of supposed superfoods.
But rich is a relative term. Rich only means that it contains more of a nutrient than others in its class. It does not mean that it is concentrated with that nutrient. Kale, for example, is sometimes included in homemade dog food diets to help meet the calcium needs of dogs. But kale only contains 11 more milligrams per ounce than spinach. And an average size dog would need 15 cups of kale per day for its daily calcium needs! And she still wouldn’t get her calcium because dogs don’t chew so the calcium would be locked in the kale and pass through the intestines into the poop.
Superfoods are not supercharged! They contain good stuff but not in magical quantities. And if they are fed in raw form, dogs can’t even digest or absorb any of the magical goodness.