Announcing Project Hive's New Peanut Butter Spreadable Dog Treat!
Project Hive Pet Company is buzzing with excitement about our new Peanut Butter Spreadable Dog Treat that goes perfectly with our Hive Toys. So, here’s a little more information on why we launched it and how it aligns so well with our brand!
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
The short answer is yes, they can, and most dogs love peanut butter! It's an excellent treat for dogs: it's rich in protein and contains the healthy kind of fat—from plants. That's one of the reasons Project Hive Pet Company just launched our new Peanut Butter Spreadable Dog Treat in a handy, squeezable
pouch that does not need refrigeration.
We also launched this engaging treat because it goes so well with our Hive toys! Just as our Hive Chew Sticks fit snugly into our Hive Chew Toys and Hive Fetch Stick cavities, our lonely Hive Disc+ Lick Mat didn't have a partner in our lineup! Now, you can easily spread our new Peanut Butter on the back of the high-flying Hive Disc, and your dog will happily engage. Another benefit? The honeycomb texture creates a calming sensation that helps calm your pup.
What are the ingredients of Project Hive's Peanut Butter Spreadable Dog Treat?
The ingredient list on your standard peanut brand jar contains many inputs, typically including sugar, salt, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils, mono, and diglycerides. So perhaps what we like most about this new treat is that it's made of just three simple, human-grade ingredients.
First, of course, it's made of peanuts. According to Healthline, just 3.5 ounces of peanuts contain a whopping 25.8 grams of protein! And it's plant-based protein, which is better for the environment (and for the animals) than animal-based protein. It also contains 49.2 grams of fat (also the better kind of fat)—which is why it's a treat, not a meal!
Peanuts, we might add, are self-pollinated, so they are one of the few plants that pollinate independently and do not need bees, other insects, or even wind. But we still connect this product to our mission to save the bees. While peanuts don't depend on bees, the second ingredient is actually made by bees: organic honey. Organic honey is required to get our treats Non-GMO Project Verified, a certification essential to our mission to save the bees. That honey also makes it even tastier for dogs (and humans)!
We'd love to leave it at that: peanuts and honey. But these types of food need a small amount of oil for emulsification and stabilization. The third ingredient? Organic, sustainably sourced palm oil.
What's wrong with palm oil?
Oil from the palm tree is used in a wide variety of products, from soap to lipstick to ice cream. The palm tree only grows in tropical areas, and the demand for it has grown over the past several decades due to its versatility. However, palm oil has gotten a bad reputation for two main reasons. First, according to an article by Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, "Palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil—the so-called tropical oils—got a bad reputation because they're high in saturated fat, which has long been linked to heart disease. Saturated fat boosts 'bad' LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. Palm oil, which is 50% saturated, has a more favorable fatty acid composition than palm kernel oil and coconut oil, which are more than 85% saturated." Trans fats were a lot worse, so many restaurants and food manufacturers turned to palm oil—which is still a better alternative to butter.
The second—and arguably much more serious—issue with palm oil is how it's grown and harvested. The World Wildlife Fund website sums it up:
"Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems with high conservation values have been cleared to make room for vast monoculture oil palm plantations. This clearing has destroyed critical habitat for many endangered species—including rhinos, elephants, and tigers. Burning forests to make room for the crop is also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive cultivation methods result in soil pollution, soil erosion, and water contamination." The World Wildlife Fund advocates for palm oil to be produced more sustainably through their participation in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), "which is a large, international group of palm oil producers, palm oil buyers, and environmental and social groups."
What's Palm Done Right®?
How do we know that the palm oil in our new dog treat does not contribute to the loss of critical habitat for endangered species or pollute our air, soil, and water? Because our palm oil is sourced from an organic farm in Ecuador that carries the Palm Done Right® promise. Palm Done Right® authentically assures us (and our customers) that the palm oil used in our product is organic, fully traceable, deforestation-free, fair and social, and wildlife friendly. While there is a slight cost premium for this, because the percentage of palm oil is so small, we can absorb the cost—and it's worth it.
All these ingredients are also Non-GMO Project Verified, in keeping with our brand's mission to save the bees and to support agricultural policies that do not harm bees.
Where can I buy Peanut Butter Spreadable Dog Treat?
So, if you're looking for a quick treat for your pup (or yourself), pick up one of these easy-to-use squeezable peanut butter pouches! You can find them on our website (check out our Soothing Scented Bundle, where you can save $10 and get two Hive Discs + Lick Mats to squirt it on), in PetSmart cash lanes, and check your local pet store!