Is soy flour for dogs safe to use in homemade dog treats? The answer to that question has become more complicated in the last few years…
Formerly believed to be a health food, mainly because of extensive marketing in the U.S., soy has reared its ugly head in the last few years, in the form of being a GMO, or genetically modified organism.
What does this mean? Monsanto has modified soybean seeds at the genetic level, to make them resistant to the toxic herbicide Roundup.
The plants are sprayed with Roundup while they are growing in the field. Normally this herbicide would kill the soybean bushes, but these resistant types continue to grow. And the pesticide, which is a systemic herbicide (goes all through the plant) remains in the soy.
Once believed to be a wonder food, soy is now on my list for unhealthy ingredients for homemade dog treats. I think that it is too risky to feed your dog soybeans when new evidence is showing that soy is full of chemicals and can play havoc with your dog’s body!
What can you do? Simply exchange the soy for another type of flour in your recipes. Use 1 cup of the alternate flour for every cup of soy.
These grains are healthier for your dog than soy, and they are safe dog treat ingredients: