Saturday, July 25, 2009

About Our Ingredients

You won’t find any wheat, gluten, soy, corn, dairy, eggs, meats, yeast, added salt, sugar, artificial coloring or preservatives in Dugan’s Barkery treats. What you will find in Dugans Barkery treats are ingredients selected for their wholesomeness and the value they will bring to your canine family member. That being said, please keep in mind that Dugan’s Barkery Treats are designed solely to give your deserving canine yummy treats and not meant for vitamin supplements or medicinal purposes. Here we present a list of those ingredients and why we chose them:

Organic Pumpkin: A great source of beta-carotene and other beneficial antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C, E and K. Pumpkin is said to helpful in relieving diarrhea or constipation and is useful in digestive health maintenance.

Organic Sweet Potato: Also loaded with beta-carotene and other beneficial antioxidants, plus, vitamins C and b-complex and iron. Sweet potatoes also contain bone and teeth strengthening calcium. They are a good source of fiber and are easy to digest.

Organic Blueberries: A good source of Vitamin C and E, these little berries are also high in anti-oxidants and can aid in lowering levels of cholesterol and preventing urinary tract infections.

Organic Flax seed Meal: Provides plenty of omega 3 fatty acids and cholesterol lowering fiber. It is said that diabetic dogs could benefit from flax seed meal’s ability to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Organic Unsulphured Molasses: Not only is Molasses a tasty sweetener for our dog treats, but it is a great source of calcium, usable iron and several trace minerals.

Organic Agave Nectar: Not only does this nectar have the lowest glycemic value of any sweetener, but it may also aid in the absorption of isoflavones, calcium and magnesium. It is said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Organic Garbanzo Bean Flour: A great non-meat source of protein, garbanzo beans are low-fat and provide several minerals. Because garbanzo beans are a good source of fiber, they may help with lowering cholesterol levels and are said to of help with blood sugar levels.

Organic Quinoa Flour: Called “chesiya mama” (the mother grain), by the ancient Inca Indians, quinoa flour contains 8 essential amino acids and is a complete protein.

Organic Brown Rice Flour: Brown Rice flour is high in protein, but with a lower glycemic index than white rice, brown rice can help keep the blood sugar levels stable. Additionally, because of the bran remaining with the brown rice, this flour has a higher level of iron, fiber and B vitamins.

Tapioca Flour: This flour is made from starch extracted from the root of Cassava and is also totally gluten free. Because our recipes do not use eggs or dairy, tapioca flour helps hold the other ingredients together.

Ground Ginger: Besides tasting great, Ginger aids digestion and helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramping. It is also said to help as a natural pest repellent.

Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is said to aid in the normalization of blood sugar and increase the availability of insulin in the body. Cinnamon is also used by herbalists for treating urinary tract infections, combating intestinal gas and even the common cold.

Ground Cloves: This little spice contains many anti-oxidant properties and is said to aid in the elimination of intestinal parasites.