WHY NO SOY?
The soy issue is complex, and for our purposes we decided the potential risk outweighed any possible benefits. Aside from the phytoestrogen issue there are also other potential issues.
Soy's reported ability to interfere with enzymes and amino acids may have direct consequences for the brain. The isoflavones in tofu and other soyfoods might exert their influence through interference with tyrosine kinase-dependent mechanisms required for optimal hippocampal function.
High amounts of protein tyrosine kinases are found in the hippocampus, a brain region involved with learning and memory. One of soy's primary isoflavones, genistein, may have the ability to inhibit tyrosine kinase in the hippocampus, interfering with certain mechanisms of memory formation.
The brain uses the amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine to synthesize the key neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that promote alertness and activity. Dopamine is crucial to fine muscle coordination. People who suffer from from Parkinson's disease have a diminished ability to synthesize dopamine. An increased incidence of depression and other mood disorders are associated with low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine.
Soy may have the ability to affect tyrosine hydroxylase activity in animals. This would cause the utilization rate of dopamine to be significantly altered. In young animals, this may reduce activity in the cerebral cortex..
"Research is showing that the Glutamic acid that occurs naturally in wheat is highly inflammatory. It can cause changes in brain chemistry. In fact in Alzheimer's Disease, scientists are finding that there may be a connection with wheat and memory loss; this is due to Glutamic acid induced inflammation in the brain, causing a change in brain chemistry. Glutamic acid is the most common amino acid in wheat! Hybrid wheat flour is 33% glutamic acid. Wheat stimulates insulin production which also increases inflammation. Wheat is also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory as well.
Another issue is Vomatoxin, which is a chemical compound produced by Fusarium molds. These molds are found in the following grains: wheat and wheat products, corn and corn products, peanut meal and peanut products (Aflotoxin), soybean meal and hulls, and cottonseed (Aflotoxin.) Wheat by- products which are widely used in pet foods are more highly contaminated than whole wheat. Anything over 2.0 ppm (parts per million) vomatoxin can result in illness in pets , it affects the immune system and in some cases can be fatal. In a 1992 report from the Mycotoxin Committee of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, it states that virtually all animal foods contain some viable mold. Peanut hulls are particularly susceptible to aflotoxin in addition to being heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Corn has the worst fatty acid profile (Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio) of nearly all grains (which skews the fat balance in the membranes of all animal body cells negatively impacting cell function), but it is also a fungal host to 22 different fungi including Aspergillus. These fungi put out body debilitating mycotoxins that can literally kill animals and people. This is why the US Government tests corn for aflotoxin, one of the most deadly and highly carcinogenic toxins on the planet. Many condemned corn supplies end up in animal feeds (not only for livestock in feedlots but family pets too.)
Well, this should be obvious, but.. we developed a specific recipe and process so as to not need stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives or any other food additives. While some of these chemicals have not been proven to be bad for you, they certainly are not good for you, or your Dog.
No Meat Products?
We have chosen to use non-meat product protein, such as egg whites, because, aside from the ethical issues, we do not want our customers wondering where our “animal based protein” comes from.
The American Association of Feed Control (AAFCO) is the body that sets regulations and standards in the Agriculture industry. The only problem is that they do not enforce them. Therefore, aside from the ethical issues, rendered animal protein is a product that we will never use.