Blackstrap molasses, rich in iron and B vitamins, is an excellent addition to homemade dog treats or dog food.
In fact, dog owners even claim that it helps dog arthritis, anemia and diabetes.
Blackstrap is a by-product of the sugar industry. It is the dark liquid that is left after the sugar has been removed from the sugar cane. Ironically, the main product, the sugar, is depleted of its vitamins and minerals, and the blackstrap is full of them!
Often used as a dog food ingredient or a dog treat ingredient, blackstrap improves both taste and nutritional value.
Farmers in Europe and the U.S. often use blackstrap in their livestock feeds to improve the nutrition and desirability of the feeds.
I lived on a farm years ago and we mixed our own feed. We added blackstrap to the feed (for cows, goats, horses and chickens) at the feed mill, as a dietary supplement.
Farm animals like the taste of molasses, and they eat their food more readily when it tastes good!
There are different kinds of molasses:
I like to use this molasses in my dog treat recipes, because it is the highest in nutrition and lowest in sugar of the different kinds of molasses.
A tablespoon or two of molasses will improve a recipe substantially. And combining blackstrap with wheat germ or brewers’ yeast makes it even healthier for your dog!
This food is healthy enough for your dog, to be considered a dog food supplement! Some veterinarians even recommend using it, when prescription drugs have not helped a dog.
Most commonly, blackstrap is used for dogs that suffer from:
Sugar cane roots can go down 15 feet to get minerals from layers of soil that have not been depleted by years of overuse.
That’s why sugar cane is able to absorb so many nutrients. And blackstrap has most of those nutrients, because they are left in the blackstrap, when the nutrients are removed from processed sugar.
So what are the main ingredients in this molasses?
Consider adding a little healthy blackstrap to some of your dog’s homemade treats.