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Why Is Alfalfa in the BARF Diet?

We recently had some inquiries about how Alfalfa affects our pets and why it is included in our BARF World Diets, so we decided we would share the reason with you.  

Did you know that Alfalfa is actually a great source of fiber and protein, and some varieties contain beneficial vitamins and minerals?  Yes, we know that Alfalfa is in the legume family, and there are studies that state legumes may cause heart disease in dogs, but that is not entirely true.  

It is actually the Alfalfa seeds that have a toxic amino acid which may cause allergic reactions in some dogs. It is only when you feed fresh Alfalfa which carries the risk that bacteria is present in the sprouts. Alfalfa supplements are best used in a powder form and can be implemented in your dog’s daily diet.

Bowl of freeze-dried raw nugget food for dogs

Here are some things to know about Alfalfa in the BARF diet:

  • We do not replace Alfalfa for animal protein. 
  • We do not include Alfalfa in large quantities. 
  • Alfalfa is a safe legume to eat.  
  • The BARF diet contains a very small amount of Alfalfa in our pre-mix as a powder, which is completely safe. 

Benefits of implementing Alfalfa in your dog’s diet

  • Alfalfa helps the body assimilate protein, calcium and other nutrients.  
  •  It is a body cleanser, infection fighter and natural deodorizer.  
  •  It is the richest land source of trace minerals and contains vitamins A, C, E, K, B and D. 
  • Alfalfa also contains bioflavonoids, and eight digestive enzymes to promote proper assimilation of foods.

Your pets are our passion, so you can have peace of mind knowing that we have been feeding our BARF diet to animals for over 20 years and would never include anything in our diets that are harmful to your pet. 

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.  You can reach us at 866-282-2273 or email us at

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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