Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam Are Not Good for Your Dog and Cat

Sweet potato, potato and yams are not good for dogs and cats
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In this article:

  1. Sweet potato, potato and yam
  2. Glycemic index of sweet potato, potato and yam
  3. Glycemic load of sweet potato, potato and yam
  4. Appropriate alternatives to sweet potato, potato and yam

Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam

Sweet potato, potato, and yam are not good for dogs and cats. These starchy root vegetables cause a wide range of long-term health issues for dogs and cats. 
 
Your dog and cat may experience immediate symptoms of hypersensitivity to starchy root vegetables. But for most dogs and cats, health issues from consuming these starchy roots, develop over time. How and when adverse effects surface depends on your dog and cat’s overall circumstances.
 
Sweet potato and yam are not better than potato for your dog and cat. Dogs and cats can consume high glycemic index, and glycemic load foods such as sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes. But dogs and cats do not thrive on these foods.
 
Many pet guardians are aware that potato is not a good choice for their pet. But sweet potato and yam are still popular.
 
Why?
 
There's a misconception that sweet potato and yam are lower glycemic foods than potato. This misconception is harming dogs and cats. To set the record straight and resolve this harmful misconception, we need to talk about glycemic index and glycemic load.

Glycemic Index of Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam

The glycemic index (GI) measures the blood-glucose rating of carbohydrate content foods. Pure glucose is the baseline to compare how other foods effect blood-glucose level.
 
High GI foods cause a rapid spike in blood glucose followed by a quick decline in blood glucose. The rapid spike in blood glucose forces the pancreas to increase insulin secretion.
 
- Increased demand to produce insulin burdens the pancreas.
 
- High GI food doesn’t provide sustainable energy.
 
- The short-term effect is hunger and poor energy levels.
 
- The long-term effect is a heightened risk of inflammatory issues and disease.
 
Low GI foods don't place a heavy burden on the pancreas. As well, low GI foods help the body sustain energy levels. Let's see how sweet potato, potato and yam compare on the glycemic index.

Sweet potato
Baked for 45 minutes -  high GI
Boiled for 30 minutes - low GI
 
Potato
Baked for 45 minutes - high GI.
Boiled for 30 minutes - high GI. 
 
Yam
Baked for 45 minutes - high GI.
Boiled for 35 minutes - high GI.
 
The only low GI option is a boiled sweet potato. BUT that boiled sweet potato isn’t good for your dog or cat. Why? Because glycemic load is more important than glycemic index. This is the crucial point many people aren’t aware of.
 
We need to talk about glycemic load.

Glycemic Load of Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam

Glycemic Load (GL) measures the carbohydrate in a food.
 
Potato, sweet potato and yam are high glycemic load foods. The adverse effects of these root veggies on the body are similar to:
High glycemic load foods cause inflammatory response in your dog and cat’s body.
 
Dogs and cats have evolved to thrive on a diet consisting of:
 
- Animal protein: muscle meat, organ from ie. small prey, poultry, fish and eggs, etc.
- Bone and other sources of calcium such as eggshell
- Appropriate plant material with a low glycemic load

No sweet potatoes, no yams, no potatoes. No grains. No legumes.

Long-term consumption of sweet potato, yams and potatoes contribute to:
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Gall bladder issues
  • Gastrointestinal issues and disease
  • Heart disease (cardiovascular disease)
  • Immune System Disruption
  • Kidney issues
  • Liver issues
  • Metabolic disease
  • Oral health issues and disease (e.g. gingivitis, plaque, periodontal disease)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Other inflammatory issues and chronic disease

Appropriate Alternatives to Sweet Potato, Potato and Yam

Dogs benefit from antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals obtained from appropriate plant material. You’ll find a lengthy list of plant material for dogs in this article.

Cats are obligate carnivores. Cats don't need vegetables in their diet. A small amount of plant material (ie. herbs and nutraceuticals) can be beneficial when properly selected to suit the individual cat's requirements.

Protect your dog and cat’s long-term health. Don’t include sweet potato, potato, or yams in your dog and cat’s diet.
 
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Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld

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