Before Tigertail Foods was Tigertail Foods, it was two best friends from grade school who shared a deep love for their pets that drove them to make better meals and treats than what they could find in the stores. Ann and Jo began making homemade food for their dogs (and later cats and horses) with stuff found in their own kitchens. As time went by they crafted the ingredients based on research, veterinary input and what the animals liked (that is particularly applicable to the treats!) At the time, canola oil was getting good reviews for its health benefits – it is good for cholesterol levels, it is a great source of vitamin E, and it provides an excellent amount of Omega-3 and -6. It was the right choice for our Just-a-Bite Biscotti recipe.
That was then. But now we know a little more about canola oil. What we’ve learned, we aren’t happy about so it is time for a change.
We have officially moved away from canola oil because about 80% of the crops that are raised to produce canola oil are genetically modified (GMO) to be herbicide tolerant – or “RoundUp Ready”. If you need a refresher on why GMOs are bad and how we view them check out my article on the subject (TL/DR version; they’re bad, very bad.) While there are non-GMO versions of canola oil, they are scarce and expensive… and, frankly, the oil just isn’t good enough to justify the added expense. In an effort to stay in step with our mission of making the healthiest foods and treats possible, we can no longer use canola oil in good conscience.
After a lot of experimentation in the bakery with different, healthy substitutes we have decided to replace canola oil with olive oil. Olive oil is a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) that are good for heart health, as well as polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage. Certain polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties. We are satisfied that it doesn’t throw off the taste of the Biscotti and still provides the right texture. Additionally, the olive oil we buy is, in fact, olive oil and not a cheap substitute labeled olive oil.
As always, everything we do is done with all of our pets’ health in mind. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients don’t hesitate to contact us!