The mamey sapote is a tropical fruit known for its sweet taste and benefits. Mamey sapote contains fiber, fat, iron, calcium, protein, sodium, vitamins, and carbohydrates that represent nutritional and healthy advantages for humans, but is it as healthy for our dogs? Find out below.
Benefits of Mamey Sapote
- The component with the greatest influence on the acidity of mamey is ascorbic acid, which is indispensable in the synthesis of collagen, bone tissue, dentin, and the walls of blood capillaries.
- It contains saturated fatty acids (palmitic acid) that participate in absorbing vitamins such as K, A, and D.
- It has a high potassium content, which is necessary for nerve function and muscle contraction.
- In obese animals or with particular health conditions such as diabetes, it is advisable to consult with your veterinarian before offering it because this fruit is rich in sugar.
- Although the shell has major carotenoid pigments that may be beneficial, the type of molecular structure of the shell may not be digestible for dogs.
- The seeds are not edible by dogs in large quantities because they generally cannot process the large amounts of fatty acids they contain.
However, research has shown how the seeds of the fruits of the mamey-sapote tree are dried in the sun, grated, and mixed with coconut oil. The resulting paste is rubbed on the dog to repel flies and ectoparasites (fleas and ticks), research is still lacking to prove its effectiveness, but this method is used in Trinidad and Tobago.