by Mia Montagliani November 06, 2016

Dog owners often ask me: “How I can create sweet dog treats without using sugar?” The answer is honey! Honey is very nutritious and consists of 80% natural sugar (fructose and glucose). Honey also consists of 18% water and 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein.

Although honey is highly nutritious, there are many other benefits of using honey. Here are five great reasons to use honey when baking treats for your dog:

  1. Your dog’s stomach can digest honey easily.Some foods like wheat are not easily digested by dogs, but honey is different. As gross it sounds, honey is easy to digest because it has already been digested by bees! This is because bees repeatedly ingesting and regurgitating the flower nectar they collect until it turns into honey.
  2. Honey can actually good for your dog’s stomach. Some types of honey have been found to be effective against a range of bacteria, including bacteria found in the stomach. 
  3. Honey is much better for your dog than white sugar.White sugar is bad for dogs, in the same way that it is bad for people. A little natural sugar, found in fruit and yoghurt, is good for dogs, in the same way it is good for humans as it boosts your dog’s energy level. If your dog overindulges in white sugar found in treats such as sweets and cookies, your dog may wind up suffering from tooth cavities, hyperactivity (followed by lethargy), obesity and eventually even nastier health issues such as diabetes and pancreatitis.
  4. Honey is much better for your dog than Stevia. Many people often think that because stevia is natural, then it is a heathy alternative to sugar. This may be true for people, but not for dogs. There is not much research about the effects of stevia in dogs, and although it is not toxic, it can cause diarrhea.
  5. Honey is yummy and easy to use in bakingSwitching to honey is easy. Honey is actually sweeter than white sugar. The substitution ratio is: 1 cup of granulated sugar = 1/3-1/4 cup of raw honey. As a general rule, start with less and add more to taste. That way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally making your treat too sweet. The joy of feeding your dog sweet treats doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your dog’s health. Not only will your dog savour the honey’s sweetness, but your dog will also be reap the benefits of healthy eating.

The recipe for My Pupcakes Nutty Mutt Cake Mix uses 1 cup of honey. My two little taste testers (my dogs) love it!




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