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The humble sweet potato

Did you know that Christopher Columbus brought sweet potatoes back to Europe from his America trip in the 15th Century? From there they spread across the globe – through Asia, Africa and Latin America. There’s almost nowhere on the planet that doesn’t appreciate a sweet potato. It is very quick to grow – it can multiply quickly from very few roots – and so is considered an efficient staple food source.

But it isn’t just for its efficiency that sweet potatoes are so widely appreciated…

Sweet and replete

The proof of the potato is in the colour! Sweet potatoes are a rich source of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene which is a very useful and essential pigment – as evidenced in the orange coloured flesh of the spud. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body, which is thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and provide protection against horrible things like heart disease. It is also vital for maintaining a healthy immune system, bones, and eyes. One sweet potato is pretty heavily packed with all this goodness-laden vitamin.

As if that weren’t enough for one humble and slightly odd-looking vegetable (sorry, but it’s true….they aren’t terribly pretty), they also have a low glycaemic index, meaning that they keep you and your doggo full of beans (confusing? sorry! we mean energy!) all day long as they release sugar slowly into the bloodstream.

Furthermore (goodness gracious! There’s more? Get us to the sweet potato fries ASAP!) sweet potatoes contain magnesium which helps to regulate muscle function, and vitamins C and E which are good for skin and hair (and fur).

It is for all these excellent health benefits that Nature’s Harvest have included sweet potato into their Grain Free Adult Chicken & Sweet Potato wet food. This fabulous premium offering is a gently steamed complete wet food for dogs. Its simple formula is kind to your dog’s digestive system, yet packed with all those sweet potato benefits. Moreover, the sweet potato in this top-grade dog food adds fibre to aid in the binding of the food, allowing for a firm stool which is good news for the poop-picker-upper! It’s also made with chicken – we use human grade chicken – no nasty parts of protein sources that are not fit for human consumption in our recipes. Most dogs can digest poultry easily meaning that Nature’s Harvest Grain Free Adult Chicken and Sweet Potato is truly groovy for your dog’s gut.

On a final note, Nature’s Harvest Grain Free Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food is steamed not boiled. Steaming means that the food is cooked gently over a longer period which helps keep the food moist without incinerating all the goodness that lies within. And, my goodness, what a lot of goodness there is in a sweet potato! Where are those sweet potato fries we mentioned earlier….is it dinnertime yet?

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