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Superfoods | Salmon

We want to introduce a new ice cream flavor. But first lets dig into one the main ingredients, Salmon.

What is a Superfood?

There’s no official scientific definition of a Superfood and many believe it’s just a trendy marketing term coined to hype and hook people into buying products. Sioned Quirke, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association said, "The term Superfood has no regulatory approval and is not a legally recognized term.” Some nutritionists and food scientists think it’s a marketing trick to fool people into thinking they are eating more healthily. “The new year is prime time for introducing new products with exaggerated health benefits,” Quirke said.

Real Superfoods

Many claim that multi-tasking Superfoods provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients that can cure everything from cancer to impotence. Unfortunately, the benefits aren’t fully substantiated. But, it is generally accepted that Superfoods are dense in nutrients. They contain higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than other food types.

So which are the real Superfoods? That depends on what source you read since no two lists are the same. The current trend, however, seems to be exotics like buffalo berries, hemp hearts, manuk honey, sacha inchi, beluga lentils, and shichimi togarashi.

The Power of Salmon

Salmon is in the Superfood Hall of Fame. It’s always on a Top 10 List because it’s one of nature’s most natural sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are good for joints and all around mobility. Because these Omega 3’s don’t occur naturally in the cells of canines, adding them to your dog's diet can be beneficial.

SMOKED SALMON Dog Ice Cream

We may never know what is the perfect "Superfood," but we can select foods that are high in nutrients. That’s why salmon is the star ingredient in our newest ice cream we call “Smoked Salmon”. After more than a year of testing, we finally selected a salmon from British Columbia. The 18 year old company we source from is family operated and the owner is a life-long fisherman. His “honey smoked” salmon contains no artificial preservatives, nitrates or MSG. The rich flavor comes from a secret firing process that uses honey and real hickory wood and not from a honey marinade or glaze. The salmon is made to order and shipped out fresh from the factory.

We take the fully cooked salmon, bake it with peas – a powerhouse source of Vitamin K and other antioxidants –and mix in bits of the crunchy skin. Mark Sisson, celebrated fitness expert and author of Primal Blueprint, Amazon’s #1 bestselling health book calls salmon skin “the bacon of the sea”.  And, what dog doesn’t love bacon (or crunchy fish skin)?

Your pup is a carnivore at heart! It is the main reason why we select high protein ingredients for our ice cream. Each of our dog ice creams features a protein; pulled pork, gouda burger, chicken cheddar, beef brisket, peanut butter bacon, and (new) smoked salmon. According to renowned veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, “it’s good to rotate proteins in your pet’s diet. That’s because any food that is over-consumed can create an allergy over time.”

Salmon Swim Mainstream

Buyer Beware! Any food product can be labeled as a Superfood so do your homework. We’re not saying that our SMOKED SALMON dog ice cream has curative powers nor will it give your dog super powers. It’s just a healthy, good tasting treat that will make him happy just like this whimsical painting by Dr. Seuss called Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon might make you smile.

You can order the new flavor here.

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What's in your Dog's Treats?

 Do you know what is in your Dog's Treats or where they are made? It is a hot topic lately with quality control lacking and tricky labeling. Take a look at the back of your dog's treats next time and see how many ingredients you can't pronounce or don't know why they are there. Just like many human foods many dog treats can be labeled all natural because the preservative is "natural". But how can a preservative ever be natural? It’s the wording, "made with natural ingredients" is different that "all natural". For example- bacon can be labeled "nitrate free - all natural" because they use celery juice or powder instead which is found naturally. But the celery additive turns into a preservative acting as a nitrite when combined with the cured meat and there fore really not "natural" anymore. Most treats on the market have many of these "natural preservatives".

 Many treats are being recalled lately. Here is just one to check out http://dogingtonpost.com/recall-alert-milos-kitchen-chicken-jerky-and-chicken-grillers/

 It is important that you know where your Dog Treats are coming from and what is in them.