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Can Dogs Eat Black Beans? (Are They Safe and Healthy?)

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Dogs can eat black beans. They contain Vitamin A, Calcium, Magnesium, and other essential nutrients. Although eating black beans is good for your dog, large amounts can make your dog gassy. Extreme amounts can result in health issues.

Dogs can and will eat all kinds of meats and vegetables as long as they get the chance. It is the owner’s responsibility to feed them properly.

Choosing the best food for your dog is a difficult task. Dog owners concern themselves about choosing the food that has the most nutritional benefit. Although there are a lot of kibbles containing essential nutrients, most owners prefer to feed their dogs organic meals like vegetables and meat. 

The American Kennel Council says that peas and green beans, relatives of black beans, are edible and beneficial for dogs[1]. They do not contain anything harmful, but they make your dog gassy when eaten in large amounts.

But what about black beans?

This article looks into whether they are safe for dogs or not, the health benefits of black beans, and how to feed black beans to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Black Beans?

Yes, dogs can and do eat black beans. These legumes are beneficial to dogs as they contain compounds that make dogs healthier. Large amounts of black beans can upset their digestive system.

Black beans, also known as turtle beans, are dark-shiny variants of French beans or Common beans. Both black beans and french beans have the same nutritional value but are different in taste and appearance. They came from Phaseolus vulgaris L., which originated in the Americas. 

These legumes are high in essential nutrients, like: 

  • Fiber
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

Essential nutrients improve your dog’s health as they are necessary for organ system processes. 

Although perfectly safe, beans are high in carbohydrates and lectin. Large amounts of carbohydrates make your dog obese, while lectin causes digestion problems like bloating. 

Black Beans for dogs

Can Dogs Eat Canned Black Beans?

Yes, dogs can eat canned black beans, but they’re not healthy in the long run. Canned black beans contain large amounts of sodium and preservatives. They can cause digestive and urinary problems if served frequently or in large quantities. 

Too much sodium in your dog’s body can lead to kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and kidney failure, while artificial preservatives make dogs susceptible to heart and cell diseases.

Are Black Beans Good For Dogs?

Yes, black beans are safe for dogs. They contain essential vitamins and minerals that make your dog’s body stronger and healthier. Serve these legumes in small amounts to gradually introduce them to your dog’s diet.

These dark shiny legumes contain nutrients that make dogs healthier. They are high in fiber, which helps regulate your dog’s blood sugar. Folate, a nutrient found in black beans, prevents cancer cells from developing[2]

Beagle dog eating from a bowl

Should I Add Black Beans to My Dog’s Diet?

You should add black beans to your dog’s diet because they contain minerals (e.g., magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants) and other nutrients (e.g., Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Glutamic acid, and fiber) that strengthen your dog’s organ systems.

Are Black Beans Bad For Dogs?

No, black beans are not harmful to dogs. They’re beneficial to them because they contain various essential nutrients. Eating large amounts of black beans can make your dog’s stomach upset or, at the worst, get diarrhea. 

Black beans have a high carbohydrate and lectin content. These compounds can make your dog experience discomfort and health problems. 

Carbohydrates serve as your dog’s energy source. Too much increases their weight. High lectin levels cause indigestion by binding themselves into your dog’s stomach walls. 

Large amounts of black beans can cause: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Obesity
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Excessive farting
  • Cavities
  • Fatigue 

A study found that you can inactivate lectin content through boiling, soaking, and fermenting[3]. The study also shows that roasting and baking black beans increase lectin content. 

Black Beans Nutritional Value 

NutrientPer 100g of Black beans (Boiled, drained, withou salt)
Calories 132 kcal
Total Fat0.54 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium1 mg
Carbohydrate23.7 g
Protein8.86 g
Fiber 8.7 g
Calcium, Ca27 mg
Iron, Fe2.1 mg
Potassium, K355 mg
Zinc, Zn1.12 mg
Copper, Cu0.209 mg
Phosphorus, P140 mg
Manganese, Mg0.444 mg
Riboflavin0.059 mg
Folate149 µg
Vitamin K3.3 µg
Vitamin E0.87 mg
Vitamin B-60.149 µg
Panthothenic Acid0.242 mg

Data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Data[4]*

Black beans make excellent dog food as they contain several essential compounds that make dogs healthier. 

High amounts of Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Folate, Calcium, and other compounds packed in black beans are great for dogs because they make them stronger and healthier. Black beans are also low in fat and cholesterol. 

Here are other benefits of serving black beans to dogs:

  • Black beans contain Calcium and Iron, which help improve your dog’s blood flow, respiration, bone structure, immune system, and brain function[5].
  • Fiber [6] and Riboflavin[7] are compounds found in black beans. They improve your dog’s metabolism and lessen susceptibility to diabetes. 
  • Copper help maintain your dog’s health because it uses them for various organ processes. This mineral also contributes to maintaining red blood cells and nerve cells. 
  • Other nutrients in black beans make your dog live long as they help in various organ system processes. 

How to Serve Black Beans to Dogs

The best methods to serve black beans to a dog are by boiling and fermenting them, lowering lectin contents in black beans. 

Fermented Black Beans

To feed your dog fermented black beans, do the following:

  1. Place black beans on a colander.
  2. Wash them thoroughly to remove dirt.
  3. Put beans into a pot.
  4. Soak with warm water for 24 hours.
  5. After a day, drain soaked black beans on a colander.
  6. Boil black beans for 10 minutes.
  7. Put on low heat and simmer until the black beans are tender.
  8. Drain and place in a bowl.
  9. Add your chosen culture, such as whey, powdered starter, or kombucha (15 mL of culture per 240 g of black beans).
  10. Break the beans and store them in a sterilized jar
  11. Seal tightly with a lid
  12. Open the lid slightly if the cap swells, which indicates too much gas build-up
  13. After 4–5 days, you can now serve fermented beans to your dog

Fermented black beans provide additional benefits to your dogs since they have Probiotics or good bacteria. These microorganisms help improve your digestion and gut health[8]

Boiled Black Beans

To serve your dog boiled black beans, do the following steps: 

  1. Place black beans on a colander and wash them thoroughly 
  2. Drain and place beans on a pot
  3. Soak with warm water for at least half a day 
  4. Drain soaked black beans and place them on the stove
  5. Fill it with water until it submerges all the beans
  6. Turn on the stove and put it on high heat until it boils
  7. Simmer black beans until they are tender.
  8. Drain the water
  9. You can now add boiled black beans to your dog’s meal

Dogs are omnivores, but each has its preferences. Some like to eat vegetables, while some prefer to eat meat. Introduce black beans to their diet by letting them taste small amounts of it first. 

Boiled Black Beans

Alternatives to Black Beans

Since black beans can bring discomfort to your dog when eaten in large amounts, dog owners can choose other healthy alternatives.

Here are healthy alternatives you can serve to your dog:

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Dogs can eat black beans. These dark-shiny legumes are safe to consume when eaten in moderation. They contain various essential nutrients that make your dog more robust and healthier. 

The only drawback to black beans is that they can upset your dog’s stomach if eaten in large amounts. Peas, Edamame, and Broccoli are healthy alternatives pet owners can feed their dogs.

About Dennis Stapleton

Dennis Stapleton has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and their relatives. He’s intrigued by their social structure and loves to write and teach about the world's most popular pet animal.

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