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Kumquats: These Small Citruses Offer Big Benefits for Pets

Feeding these small, sweet-sour fruits to your pet may help ward off chronic diseases and keep them from gaining unwanted pounds, but are they 100% OK for companion animals? Here’s what you should know when sharing this food with them.

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  • Kumquats are the smallest member of the citrus family, and they’re native to East Asia, China in particular
  • One of the standout flavonoids in kumquats is apigenin, which is known for its antioxidant potential that may help your pet overcome and avoid oxidative stress and chronic diseases
  • Ethanol and flavonoids in kumquats may help control body weight gain. A separate study also found that poncirin, a flavonoid found in kumquats, may also play a role by helping minimize fat cell growth, thereby regulating fat cells
  • Kumquats also offer different vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and beta-carotene (vitamin A precursor), calcium and phosphorus

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