Ingredients Chosen: It took us a long time to formulate and refine our recipes. We knew we wanted to use only ingredients that even people could eat. We wanted to offer treats that have holistic benefits and taste good. There have been many happy dogs (and horses), who have taste tested our various stages of product development. We are delighted with what we arrived at and are proud to be able to offer them to you.
Traditional Red Whole Wheat Flour
A wheat kernel is made of three main components. The endosperm accounts for most of the flour's weight and contains most of the kernel's protein and carbohydrates. The bran contains most of the fiber and minerals, including vitamin B and E. And the germ contains healthy polyunsaturated fat. Since whole wheat flour contains all three of these components it retains all the nutrients contained in them. The flour is coarse, brown flour with a sweet, nutty flavor.
Because of its less refined and more natural state, whole wheat flour has more health benefits than white flour. This is important to the nutritional component as naturally occurring elements are easier for the body to assimilate. Whole wheat flour is 80% higher in nutrition than white flour. The fiber present in the flour helps to keep the gastrointestinal tract functioning normally and may help prevent more serious problems such as colon cancer, diverticulosis, and hemorrhoids. Whole wheat flour may also reduce the risk for diabetes and coronary artery disease. It also contains healthy phytochemicals, including antioxidants, which may help ward off cancer.
The bran present in whole wheat flour reduces the development of gluten and hinders rising in the baking process. Hence, North Woods Animal Treats are expected to be heavier and denser than the average dog and horse treat.
Wheat Bran is part of the whole wheat kernel. It is the outer layer and covers the seed inside. Bran is high in fiber, magnesium, and selenium. Magnesium and selenium are important to bone and muscle formation and function. The fiber in bran is primarily insoluble. This type of fiber helps to keep the colon healthy. It helps in the fight against heart disease and cancer.
Canola oil has the lowest saturated fat of any oil. Canola oil has 6% saturated fat. Canola contains a high level of omega 3 fatty acids, which promotes a shiny and healthy coat. Canola Oil may lower triglycerides. It also contributes to brain growth and development.
(In the horse treats only.) Nutritionally, corn is high in digestible energy and provides dietary fiber as well as protein. Yellow corn meal is a good source of vitamin A and horses love corn.
Peanut Butter is one of America's Favorite Foods, and the most popular flavor of dog biscuit. Peanut Butter is naturally high in folate; a form of vitamin B. Folic acid lowers the risk of heart disease. It is also a vegetarian source of protein. And it just tastes good!
Cheese is a complete, nutritious food and excellent concentrated source of many key nutrients vital for a well- balanced diet. Cheese is rich in vitamins A, B, and D. The proteins found in cheese are digested more easily than meat proteins. Cheese is rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, important for the health of muscle tissue, etc. We choose parmesan because of its great taste and strong aroma, (dogs eat with their noses first!)
Parsley is loaded with vitamin K. It is also a great source of vitamin C, A, folate, and iron. Parsley has been shown to aid in the prevention of cancerous tumors. It has potent anti-oxidant capabilities as well as having cardio-protective nutrients. It has also been shown to protect against rheumatoid arthritis. It is an ingredient that all our pets should be consuming.
Peppermint Oil and Leaves
Peppermint is the most commonly used herb for breath freshening. It is also an excellent digestive aid. It releases a very pleasant odor when consumed. Your dog's breath will improve greatly after eating a Peppermint Pine.
Not only is honey a great tasting all natural sweetener, but research has shown it contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. It is a power packed ingredient.
(In the horse treats only.) Oats are a historical and common ingredient in horse feeds. Oat Meal contains protein, B vitamins, Vitamin E, and plenty of minerals. Oatmeal also promotes a healthy digestive tract.
(In horse treats only) Horses love the sweet, natural taste of pure maple syrup. It is an expensive ingredient choice, but we want our animals to have the best and we know you do to!
There is a world of benefits when dogs, (or people), consume Flax. Flaxseed is known for its phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are natural cancer-protective compounds. Flax seed is also high in alpha linolenic acid, which has also found to be promising as a cancer fighting agent. Flax is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Flax promotes regular bowel movements because it is high in insoluble fiber. The all natural fiber helps to absorb water, softening the stool, allowing food to pass through the colon easier. Flax is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. One of the great things about Omega 3's is its ability to reduce inflammation. Your active dog will appreciate the help if he or she is feeling some arthritis. Flax is also known for its ability to help fight heart disease and support the immune system.
Cranberries are rich in flavonoids. These phytonutrients have been shown to inhibit certain kinds of cancer. If your dog is stressed, cranberries may help, by inhibiting ulcer-causing bacteria from sticking to the stomach wall. Cranberries are an anti-aging tool. They help protect against neurodegenerative diseases, and the coordination loss often associated with an aging dog. We all know cranberries can prevent urinary tract infections. This is because it inhibits E. coli bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract wall.
Carrots are an excellent course of anitoxident compounds. It is the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. Carrots help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer. We all know they promote good vision, especially night vision. Did you know, they also help provide protection against macular degeneration and the development of cataracts? Plus, it is our experience, that dogs love carrots!
Ground from the whole kernel. Rye Flour is lower in gluten than wheat flour; it also is higher in soluble fiber. Rye flour is heavier and darker in color than most other flours which is why it produces a dark, dense cookie.
Made from brown rice. The husk is removed and the raw rice is ground. Rice flour is a particularly good substitute for wheat flour when allergies prevent its use. It helps to lighten baked goods when used with other non wheat flours.
Oat bran is the edible, outermost layer of the oat kernel. Oat bran contains B Complex Vitamins, Protein, fat, minerals and soluble fiber. This is a nutritional power house of an ingredient!
Dried Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar Cheese is a relatively hard, sharp tasting cow's milk cheese. We use dried cheese so we can get more cheese into the dough.
Barley Flakes are one of the oldest known cereal foods and has a sweet nut-like flavor.
Dried Whole Eggs
One egg has 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts including high quality protein, folate, iron and zinc. All important for many things, but a dog's coat will definitely benefit!