Easily my favorite part of Wired Magazine, the What’s Inside series this month takes on dog treats. Here’s a clip of what’s inside Snausages:
For a doggie treat that presents itself as a twist of beef and cheese sticks, you wouldn’t expect wheat to be the first ingredient listed. Turns out these snacks are closer to soft pretzels than Slim Jims: They’re made mostly of wheat flour and pregelatinized wheat flour — a processed starch that makes food easier to digest.
Soy Protein Concentrate
Because these Scooby snacks are mostly wheat, Del Monte pumps in soy protein concentrate — essentially mashed soybeans with the fats and carbs removed. This brings SnawSomes up to a whopping 4 percent protein — just a touch more than a Twinkie.
Natural Smoke Flavor
Produced by burning wood chips and condensing the smoke into a liquid, this additive creates the illusion that food has been cooked over a flame. A CDC report showed that 92 percent of commercial liquid smoke flavorings contain benzoapyrene, a substance known to cause stomach tumors in animals. Thankfully, there’s not enough here to be a real issue.