Bananas are sweet and tasty for dogs, and they are loaded with lots of nutrients.
They are rich in minerals (e.g. manganese, potassium, copper), as well as fiber and vitamin B6.
Although they are sweet, bananas have low glycemic index (GI) value due to their high fiber content. The fiber helps regulate digestion speed so that carbohydrates are not quickly converted into simple sugars. As such, the release of simple sugars into the blood is also well-regulated.
Bananas are also rich in fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are carbohydrates that are typically not broken down by enzymes in the digestive tract. Therefore, these FOS go all the way to the colon where they are digested and metabolized by the gut bacteria. This process is important in maintaining a healthy balance of the gut flora and supporting a healthy digestive system.
In addition, the potassium in the bananas helps maintain cardiovascular health.
With so many goodies packed in bananas, banana treats for dogs are healthy additions to their diets. And what's more simple in making banana treats than baking chips out of bananas? I found a pet food store online that sells banana chips for dogs at an exorbitant price, but we can make them at home at next to nothing!