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Can Dogs Eat Pasta? Some advice – Italian Cuisine

Can Dogs Eat Pasta? Some advice


It is customary when you advance the pasta, give some to the dog. But is it good for him? Can you eat it? Here's how to deal with Fido

There is never a good on the Italian table pasta dish, seasoned perhaps with a pesto or a Tomato sauce homemade. We happen to do even more … And what is left? We will give it to Fido tomorrow. But it will do us good dog? Is it right to give him pasta, especially seasoned pasta?
These are legitimate questions that we often ask ourselves, because we all know that what may possibly be good for us humans could harm the health of our four-legged friend.
To clear your mind of any doubt, we have prepared a profit guide with advice for proper nutrition of ours dog: you can find it partly below, partly in the gallery.

Why give pasta to the dog?

The dog is a carnivorous animal, therefore you must feed purely on proteins and not on carbohydrates. But every now and then completing his diet with the addition of a few pounds of pasta does not hurt him for two reasons mainly: if the dog does a lot of physical activity, carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy and if the dog follows a homemade diet , consuming carbohydrates makes it balanced and complete.

Pasta to the dog: when it is dangerous

If it is the first time you feed the dog pasta, watch how it reacts. Respecting the doses recommended by the veterinarian, if after eating you experience episodes of: diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting or general digestive disorders, it may be that you are allergic or intolerant.

Dog pasta: which breeds should avoid it?

If Fido belongs to one of the following breeds (or a cross of these), it would be better to avoid giving him the paste: labrador, pug, dachshund, beagle, rough collie, english bulldog, boxer. Also, best to avoid pasta with dogs elderly, sterilized or otherwise very lazyCarbohydrates could lead to overweight or obesity problems, just like we humans do.

Read other tips for giving pasta to dogs in the tutorial

Can the cat eat my fish leftovers? The advices – Italian Cuisine

Can the cat eat my fish leftovers? The advices


The cat can eat the leftovers of the fish we have cooked if it is not too rich in fats and seasonings. However, there are some fish to avoid

Almost all cat owners ask themselves, at least at the beginning, this question. The cat can we eat the leftovers of the fish that we humans eat? The answer is yes, but with due care of course.

The reason is simple: being the cat a carnivorous animal it can consume, just like humans, the fish and leftovers from what we have just consumed if they are not too different from those specially prepared for him.

In short, the difference lies right here: the cat can eat fish leftovers as long as it was cooked in a healthy way, without added fats, excessive sauces and seasonings.

The fish that the cat digests best

Absolutely, if we talk about macro categories, the white fish – by nature thinner and lighter – it is what the cat digests and assimilates in the best way. So go ahead for leftovers sole, cod is hake, always cooked lightly, maybe steamed or in a pan.

Fish such as salmon and tuna can be given to the feline but in doses significantly smaller because it is fatter fish.

How much fish can the cat eat?

In general, all veterinarians agree with the statement that the weekly quantity of fish that the cat must consume does not have to be excessive.

First of all because one unbalanced diet in favor of fish it would lack nutrients – like many vitamins – which, on the other hand, are very good for the health of the felines and then because the fish pulp does not contain calcium, an essential nutrient in the diet of cats as it prevents skeletal problems. Finally, the fish must be thoroughly cleaned and deprived of all of them bones which, if ingested, can become very dangerous even for four-legged friends.

Instead, the canned fish as it contains high quantities of oil and mercury which the feline does not tolerate.

Discover in the tutorial other tips on cat feeding, in particular which fish to avoid

What to eat during the Coronavirus emergency – Italian Cuisine

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"We are what we eat," said the philosopher Feuerbach. So what to eat iIn these days of Coronavirus emergency, when it is more important than ever to eat healthy, with what is at home. The idea is to help the body defend itself from the virus with food and prevent other pathologies and at the same time to reconcile the needs of a different pantry than usual.

An important indication comes from the Ieo, the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, which launched the Smartfood project, with a series of smart tips, which we illustrate here together with our suggestions.

87051Get organized well

By organization we mean the management of the food storage, which must be careful, but also that of the times. It is important to avoid waste, do not make too large portions and maintain a lifestyle as regular as possible. The ideal is wake up early in the morning, have a good breakfast, always have lunch at the same time and dine early with a light meal. In this way, digestion will be at a good point before bedtime, also facilitating sleep which, now more than ever, should be peaceful and refreshing.

Do some physical activity

At this moment it is important to stay active: those who go to school following lessons from their own bedroom and those who work from home, perhaps on the kitchen table, must remember to do some movement.

Meanwhile, we must try to keep one good posture and, every half hour, take a small one walk and stretch some legs. Open the windows to get some fresh air; if you like, turn on the music, move and dance a little and, if possible, once a day do some stretching exercises. Physical activity is good for the body and also for the mood.

178261Smart shopping

To eat well, the starting point is always one smart shopping and have them at home right stocks. More than keeping in the pantry biscuits, sweets and sweet and savory baked goods, it would be better to always have 2-3 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables available. Alternatively, not being able to do a daily shopping at this time, even the frozen vegetables can be fine.
They shouldn't be missing at home wholemeal flours, with which to prepare genuine breads and snacks that the whole family likes. For this job you can get help from your children who are always enthusiastic collaborators, when it comes to getting your hands in the dough.

Where do I find protein

The Ieo does not recommend making stocks of meat, which should be consumed from zero to three times a week, therefore very little. While the suggestion is to prefer fish. Even more than vegetables, frozen or even canned fish manages to maintain its nutritional characteristics which are the presence of proteins, mineral salts and omega3. Canned mackerel, explains the Ieo, is preferable to tuna because it better preserves omega3.

For proteins, cheeses, eggs and legumes are also excellent.
THE legumes they are often underestimated or overlooked, because they require long preparation times. Chickpeas and dried beans must be left to soak and have long cooking times (even 1-2 hours). On the other hand, lentils often do not even require soaking in water and have relatively quick cooking times.
Taking advantage of the more time available, you can therefore prepare legumes, which are excellent as a main dish, but are also perfect as an ingredient for minestrone, condiments for pasta and delicious vegetarian burgers.

It's time to play with the imagination and flavor the dishes with spices and fragrant herbs. Ideal would be to have small jars on the balcony or in the kitchen with some basic herbs such as thyme, basil, marjoram, sage and rosemary. They are unbeatable to make sauces, side dishes and main courses more tasty.

Very important at the moment it is do not waste food and at the same time do not overdo the portions. It's time to take advantage and change habits, finally learning to use all the parts of a food as much as possible. Of all the vegetables, also the leaves and stems, generally considered less noble, can be used. We keep the most tender and tasty parts for the main dish and we use everything that we would normally have discarded to make broths or even past is velvety. The stalk of asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower are a classic: many eliminate them, but if well cleaned, boiled or steamed, you can switch to a vegetable mill and get excellent velvety. Even cut into very small cubes they can enrich dishes and salads.

169488How much to eat?

The portions must be adequate, but never exaggerated. In this period we are all more sedentary, which is why it is better to put less food on the plate. We will avoid having to deal with extra pounds, not so much for aesthetic reasons, but for health reasons.

Alcohol must be absolutely limited. The Ieo indicates 1 alcoholic unit per day for women and 2 for men. The alcoholic unit corresponds to a 125 ml glass of wine or a 330 ml beer. It is important not to overdo alcohol also for the well-being and proper functioning of the immune system.

However, it is also true that red wine is a source of polyphenols which are natural antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. So here is that a glass of good red wine once in a while doesn't hurt.

by Barbara Roncarolo
March 13, 2020
opening photo by RitaE

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