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Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?

I love bell peppers!

And luckily, my dogs [Cathy’s babies — Jackie, Alex, Casey, Esteban — and Baby First] can love them just as much.

We’re making tacos for New Year’s Eve and I’m scouring the web for the best taco recipes with bell peppers in them.

So, Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?

Yes, dogs can eat bell peppers.

Not only are they safe for dogs to eat. But, they're healthy treats!

Bell peppers are a good source of vitamins and minerals. And they can be a healthy addition to a dog's diet in moderation.

However, it's important to remove the seeds and stem from the bell pepper before giving it to your dog — these parts can cause digestive problems. You should also only offer your dog small amounts of bell pepper —too much can cause digestive upset.

Disclaimer: To be safe, consult with your veterinarian before introducing bell peppers and any new foods to your dog's diet.

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Benefits of Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are a good source of several vitamins and minerals. And they offer a range of potential health benefits.

Here are a few benefits of bell peppers:

  • High in vitamin C: Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is also important for immune system function, and it helps to maintain healthy skin and connective tissue.
  • High in vitamin A: Bell peppers are a good source of vitamin A, which is important for eye health and immune system function. Vitamin A is also necessary for the proper growth and development of cells.
  • High in potassium: Bell peppers are a good source of potassium, which is an essential mineral that helps to regulate heart function, fluid balance, and muscle function.
  • Low in calories: Bell peppers are low in calories, making them a good choice for helping dogs maintain a healthy weight.
  • May have anti-inflammatory effects: Bell peppers contain compounds that may have anti-inflammatory effects. It makes them beneficial for dogs with conditions such as arthritis.

The Different Colors of Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper ColorDescription

Green bell peppers

These are the most common type of bell peppers and have a mild, slightly bitter flavor. They are picked when they are not fully ripe — why they are green in color.

Red bell peppers

These bell peppers are allowed to ripen fully on the plant — why they are red in color. They have a sweeter, more complex flavor than green bell peppers.

Yellow bell peppers

These bell peppers are allowed to ripen fully on the plant, and they have a slightly sweeter, more mellow flavor than green bell peppers.

Orange bell peppers

Like red and yellow bell peppers, orange bell peppers are allowed to ripen fully on the plant. They have a sweet, mild flavor.

Purple bell peppers

These bell peppers are similar to green bell peppers in flavor, but they have a deep purple color.

  • Stir-fries: Bell peppers are a common ingredient in stir-fries, where they add flavor and crunch to the dish. They are often sliced or diced and added to the stir-fry along with other vegetables, meats, and spices.
  • Salads: Bell peppers can be sliced or diced and added to salads for a burst of color and flavor. They are often combined with other vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, and served with a dressing.
  • Pizzas: Bell peppers are a common topping for pizzas, where they add flavor and texture. They are often sliced or diced and added to the pizza along with other vegetables, meats, and cheeses.
  • Sandwiches and wraps: Bell peppers can be sliced or diced and added to sandwiches and wraps for a crunchy, flavorful addition. They are often paired with other vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and served with a spread or sauce.
  • Salsa: Bell peppers can be used to make homemade salsa, where they are combined with tomatoes, onions, and spices to create a flavorful dip or topping for tacos and other dishes.
  • Roasted vegetables: Bell peppers can be roasted along with other vegetables, such as zucchini, onions, and tomatoes, for a flavorful and healthy side dish. They can be sliced or diced and tossed with olive oil and spices before being roasted in the oven.

Conclusion

I have a penchant for spicy foods — and it’s part of why bell peppers are a favorite!

And as you can see from the discussions in this article, they’re good for your dog and you!

Sources:

  • American Kennel Club - https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-bell-peppers/
  • Daily Paws - https://www.dailypaws.com/dogs-puppies/dog-nutrition/what-can-dogs-eat/can-dogs-eat-bell-peppers

© 2022 Tanya Marie Porras

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