It’s all about the sweets this time! A new bacon-flavored treat for dogs is sweeping the world by storm.
Are you ready for some delights that no dog in their right mind could ever turn down? These sweets are almost as quintessentially American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and the Chevrolet automobile. Although all of those traits have traditionally been associated with the United States, I believe that the events of the last few years have cast light on one more thing that need to be added to that list. Bacon! Good ol’ bacon!
These days, you can purchase bacon-flavored versions of just about anything, and you should know full well that there is no exception when it comes to dog treats. There are treats that have a taste similar to bacon that have been on the market for some time, but Blue Buffalo is the latest company to enter the race for the title of best bacon-flavored dog treat.
Blue Buffalo has created a new line of dog treats called Blue Sizzlers, which are flavored like bacon.
Let’s Open the Bag!
We are going to have a look at Simba’s reaction to these bacon dog treats together once we have shared the bag’s contents.
The very first flavor and aroma are getting her enthusiastic approval, for sure. The strips have a texture that is similar to bacon in that it is chewy and soft. They even have a faint odor of bacon, if that gives you any indication of what I’m talking about. They can be shattered into smaller pieces with a minimum of effort.
Calories and Guaranteed Analysis
Each each Sizzler strip has a total of 33 calories.
What They Don’t Have
Blue has always taken great satisfaction in the fact that its treats do not include any corn, wheat, soy, or artificial flavors or preservatives.
It’s the same case with the Blue Sizzlers dog treats; they don’t have any red, blue, or yellow colors; they don’t have any BHA preservative; and they don’t have any wheat, maize, or soy.
What They Do Have – The Ingredient List
There is a statement to the effect that these Sizzlers are “a natural substitute to the genuine thing” printed on the front of the bag. Let’s have a peek at what goes into making this dish:
Ingredients include pork, pearled barley, rye, pea protein, potato protein, vegetable glycerin, tapioca starch, cane molasses, brown rice, brown sugar, water, cheese powder, oatmeal, gelatin, canola oil, pork fat, powdered cellulose, dried cultured skim milk, sunflower lecithin, natural smoke flavor, salt, paprika, potassium chloride, oil of rosemary, and preserved carrot with citric acid and
Let’s go through a few of them, especially the ones that you may not be as acquainted with.
- Pea Protein: In order to acquire pea protein, Blue makes use of fresh green peas. Although the proteins found in vegetables are not intrinsically unhealthy for your dog, the nutrients found in meat proteins are not found in vegetable proteins. Despite this, pea protein has a significant amount of fiber, which is beneficial for the digestive system, and it is also an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A.
- Protein in Potatoes: Believe it or not, potatoes are an excellent source of protein. A juice that is high in protein is formed as a byproduct of the process of removing the starch. There is no evidence to suggest that giving your dog potato protein is harmful; nonetheless, many people believe that vegetable proteins are an inexpensive method to add protein to foods or treats; yet, they are not as healthy as animal protein. The fact that they are only dog treats and should not constitute a significant portion of a dog’s diet does not cause me a great deal of anxiety about this particular product.
- Starch from Tapioca: Tapioca is a kind of starch that may be extracted from the roots of cassava plants. Although it is often devoid of all nutrients other than carbohydrates, it is frequently used in dog food as a source of carbohydrates. In most cases, it is considered to be a filler product of inferior quality.
- When you hear the word “gelatin,” you may picture something like Jell-O. However, gelatin used in dog food and treats is mostly made up of collagen, a protein that is generally present in animal tissues, tendons, ligaments, skin, and bones. Collagen is an excellent source of nutrition and does not include any fat or cholesterol.
- Cellulose Powder is obtained by heating raw plant fiber, often wood, with a number of different chemicals in order to separate out the cellulose, which is then purified after the cooking process. The fat level of food may be reduced by using powdered cellulose, which also improves the fiber content and helps to stabilize the meal.
- Potassium chloride is an ingredient that is rich in potassium and contributes to a salty taste. It also has use in the enhancement of flavors and the control of microorganisms, and it has the potential to alter the consistency, flavor, and shelf life of food items.
Blue Sizzlers vs. Original Beggin’ Strips
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering what the true difference is between Blue Sizzlers and the Original Beggin’ Strips. Both of these snack foods come from the same company, Blue Sizzlers.
The calorie count and assured analysis of each of these options are quite similar to one another and do not vary much from one another. The discrepancy may be traced back to the components. The ingredient list for the Blue Sizzlers can be seen above, while the ingredient list for the original flavor of Beggin’ Strips can be found below.
In the beginning, both goods have pork and barley listed as their first two components. However, when you continue down the ingredient list for the Beggin’ Strips, you will see that there is a significant amount of wheat, maize, and soy products, in addition to a number of artificial colors, including Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, and Yellow 6.
Corn, wheat, and soy are three common types of cheap fillers that are often used in lieu of components with a better quality. Every one of these topics also has a teeny-tiny bit of controversy around it.
- Products Derived from Soy: Although soy contains some protein, it does not compare to the protein found in meat in terms of its nutritional value. Many people believe that the majority of soybeans have been genetically engineered, that they contain pesticides, that they may cause gastrointestinal difficulties, and/or that they can cause thyroid gland interference.
- Corn: Corn by itself is not inherently awful, but it also does not stand out as being particularly excellent. It is not very rich in protein or other nutrients, nor is it easy to digest, nor is it a particularly excellent source of energy. Protein and carbs are both included in this food item.
- Wheat and products made with wheat Some people believe that wheat is a grain that dogs are able to digest, while others have the exact opposite opinion. There is a significant amount of debate over the observation that some dogs suffer from wheat intolerance or allergy (just like some humans do). Because of this, many people now consider wheat to be something that should be avoided. Wheat products may be safely included in a dog’s diet as long as the dog does not suffer from wheat intolerance or wheat allergy.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains that artificial colors do not pose any health risks when used appropriately. However, if you conduct research on the internet to determine whether or not artificial colors really are harmful to your health, you will find a large number of articles that discuss the possible associations between artificial colors and hyperactivity in children, an increased risk of cancer, and allergic reactions. Several nations throughout Europe have passed legislation that makes it illegal to use artificial colors in food. I believe that indisputable fact conveys a certain message.
Simba’s Final Decision
I believe it’s very obvious from Simba’s response in the video when we opened the bag that she thinks the Blue Sizzlers are great because of how excited she became when she saw them.
Although I believe artificial bacon has an odd appearance, Simba doesn’t seem to like it one bit. She was really taken aback by their aroma and gushes about how good they taste. Because of all the drool, I’m going to have to clean the floor of the kitchen.
P.S. We nearly forgot to let you know that Chewy.com gave us with these goodies in return for an honest assessment and opinion of the product (Simba really enjoys this work!).
Many happy days to bacon!
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