What is Green Tea?
Green Tea originates from the plant species, Camellia sinensis. This is the same species that black tea comes from and it’s only the variety of tea plant and method of processing that distinguishes the two. Green tea is considered to have originated in China. China’s Yunnan province is considered to be the original home of the Camellia sinensis plant species.
Why would Green Tea be in pet food?
Green tea’s benefits are plentiful. It is an excellent source of antioxidants and alkaloids. It also contains plenty of vitamins including vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H and K, manganese and other minerals such as zinc, chromium and selenium. Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other health benefits.
Looking at all these benefits, it makes sense you would want your pet to benefit from a little cup of tea.
Are there any risks to feeding your pet Green Tea?
Green tea does contain caffeine and may interrupt your pet’s sleep or make them jumpy or overactive – just as too much caffeine does in humans. It’s not a supplement to put in their water bowl, but there are many dog foods that contain green tea and the amounts provided through these meals would be conservative and acceptable.
A sampling of pet foods that contain Green Tea:
Wellness™ Complete Health Grain Free Small Breed Deboned Turkey, Chicken & Salmon
Artemis™ Fresh Mix Feline Formula
By Nature™ Turkey, Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe