We often get asked the question by our customers “Do I have to add the oil when rehydrating Olewo Carrots”?
Olewo Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene which provides many of the health benefits. Beta-Carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, meaning the carotene must first be converted to a form of Vitamin A that the body can use. Since Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, the addition of a small amount of oil will aid that conversion process.
Many of our customers tend to not add the oil, and they say it is fine without because they are seeing the benefits of Olewo Carrots in their dogs. That is probably true since the carrot mixture gets added to the dog food which contains some fat. The additional recommended amount of oil, I would think, assures there is enough oil present to aid the beta-carotene to Vitamin A conversion for maximum benefits.
Some dog foods like puppy foods and high performance dog food have a higher fat content which is sufficient to aid the beta-carotene to Vitamin A conversion, and therefore oil should NOT be added, because too much oil can actually cause diarrhea.
What Are Good Oils to Use?
The next question we get asked a lot is “What oils are good to use”?
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This is my personal favorite I use for our dogs as well as for ourselves. It is one of the healthiest and most versatile unprocessed oils in the world, and you can even cook with it because it remains stable when heated. Coconut oil actually provides many health benefits as well, including balancing of hormones, improving digestion, supporting metabolism, balancing blood lipids and sugar, and many others.
The vast majority, more than 85%, of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides. The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) found in coconuts are easy for the body to burn as fuel for energy. In my opinion, extra virgin coconut oil is the best choice of oil to use when rehydrating Olewo Carrots.
This is also a good choice because flaxseed oil has anti-inflammatory properties and contains high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs). Flaxseed oil helps to lubricate the colon and soothe an inflamed gut.
When using olive oil as a salad dressing for yourself, or to rehydrate Olewo Carrots for your dog, it is a healthy form of fat. While there are mixed opinions, according to Dr. Josh Axe and other credible sources, olive oil should not be heated because the healthy fats can oxidize, which makes it unsuitable for cooking.
Many pet owners are adding a fish oil to their dog’s food. The most common fish oil used is probably salmon oil, but there is also cod liver oil, anchovy, and sardine oil. Supplementing your dog’s food with fish oil is a great choice because dogs need and can benefit greatly from essential fatty acids.
If you are already using a fish oil, then no additional oil is needed when rehydrating Olewo Carrots.
Oils that are NOT Good Choices
Canola Oil and Vegetable Oils are not good choices because they are not good for your health as well as the health of your pets.
- Over 90% of canola oil and other vegetable oils, including corn oil and soy bean oil, are produced from genetically modified (GMO) plants.
- Vegetable oils are used in partially hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated fats have been linked to a long list of health conditions, including bone and tendon problems, cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, heart disease, immune system impairment, liver problems, obesity, skin reaction, and more