Coconut flour is a minimally processed product. It was originally the byproduct of a coconut after extracting coconut milk and farmers would use it as fertilizer because of its high amount of nutrients.
After extended research of the health benefits of coconut flesh, coconut flour was developed by removing the fat, grating the flesh and then dehydrating it.1. Gluten-Free and Hypoallergenic
Coconut flour is gluten-free and wheat-free. According to a study in 2011 by Dr. William Davis, there has been increasing evidence that gluten can lead to lethargy and bloating and may cause tumors and arthritis. Gluten is also a very common allergen among dogs and some may eventually develop an intolerance to it.2. Rich In Dietary Fiber
Coconut flour contains approximately 35% fiber. It is commonly believed that dogs do not need as much fiber as humans, but this is not true. Fiber greatly reduces absorption of sugar into the blood stream, lowers cholesterol, and improves digestive health by removing toxins.3. Low In Sugar and Carbohydrates
Refined flours are concentrated in simple carbohydrates which are rapidly metabolized and cause destructive blood sugar fluctuations in the body.
Coconut flour contains less than 10% digestible carbohydrates. It is also ranked with a low score on the Glycemic Index (GI) which measures how quickly a specific food will raise your blood sugar levels.
The slower breakdown of carbohydrates prevents the surge of sugar into the blood and improves the release of insulin.4. High In Protein
Coconut flour is a great source of protein for vegans, vegetarians and those looking for alternatives to meat protein.5. High In Healthy Fats
Most of the fats in coconut flour are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are healthy saturated fats that aid the metabolism. They also destroy bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, dental cavities, and cause urinary tract infections.
So which dogs can eat treats made with coconut flour? In short... all of them! Coconut flour is safe for dogs and especially healthy for diabetic dogs or dogs with high cholesterol as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.